Continuing the current studies for another 5-10 years may allow an evaluation of how pallid sturgeon respond to higher flows. In addition, evaluation of the recovery of any animal with a maturation time of 10-plus years that reproduces on a 3- to 5-year cycle requires longer-term studies.
How do proposed modifications along the Platte River affect flow patterns and instream habitat in the river? The habitat in the lower Platte River needs to be evaluated with models that more accurately predict channel responses to altered river management. Such prediction requires intensive studies of the hydrological relations in shifting sand-bed streams.