Year 4 1/2 PY Monitoring and Re-Evaluation: Work Needed:
Monitoring for adaptive management shall be designed to test hypotheses regarding:
a) The effectiveness of management practices implemented to comply with sediment TMDL numeric targets for sediment production: how much have we reduced sediment input from human activities?
b) The response of the channel to a reduction in sediment load: Are the types, rates, and locations of changes in aquatic habitat condition occurring as predicted? Should the allowable sediment input from human activities be reevaluated?
c) Are the population levels of sensitive aquatic species responding positively to improvement in habitat conditions?
Monitoring for regulatory compliance would involve field and report review to confirm proper installation of effective management practices. It is possible that staff resources for field and report review, educational outreach, and training of land owners could be supported through WDR fees. Staff may require training in wildland hydrology, erosion control and prevention techniques, sediment production surveying, agronomy, and native plant propagation.
Staff and Contract Needs: