The authors would like to thank Hobbs (2015) for his keen scrutiny of some aspects of the paper by Abiye et al. (2015). Even though he used strong phrases including tenuous, irresponsible, negligent, unwitting dissemination of disputable information, we understand that it was due to a lack of understanding of the key aspect of the paper. Abiye et al. (2015) focused on the environmental isotope application in surface water and groundwater interaction, while stream discharge measurement was intended to substantiate the presence of interaction process.

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Hobbs (2015) strongly disputed the discharge measurements published by Abiye et al. (2015) based...

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