Monitoring wadeable stream habitat conditions in Southeast Coast Network parks: Protocol narrative

Natural Resource Report NPS/SECN/NRR—2018/1715
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Abstract

The Southeast Coast Network (SECN) has initiated a monitoring effort to assess habitat conditions in wadeable streams at national parks, recreation areas, battlefields, and monuments in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. This monitoring effort includes Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Congaree National Park, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, and Ocmulgee National Monument.

Stream habitat monitoring was implemented in 2016, and focuses specifically on providing relevant data to assess the physical condition of Piedmont and upper Coastal Plain streams with respect to aquatic and riparian habitats and how these habitats may be changing over time. The habitat assessment methods proposed in this protocol rely on standard data collection methods and standard operating procedures currently in use by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Forest Service that have been modified to better meet the needs of National Park Service (NPS) managers.

The Southeast Coast Network’s wadeable stream protocol was developed to begin a monitoring program that will provide insight into the status of, and trends in, stream and riparian habitat conditions. The number of reaches surveyed at each park is dependent on the spatial extent of the park and the total number of wadeable streams that are present within park boundaries. Regardless of the size of the park and the number of reaches that are to be monitored, selected reaches (1) are representative of the processes influencing the streams in each park; (2) can address current and anticipated management concerns, and (3) offer the most utility for future complementary studies.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Monitoring wadeable stream habitat conditions in Southeast Coast Network parks: Protocol narrative
Series title Natural Resource Report
Series number NPS/SECN/NRR—2018/1715
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher National Park Service
Publisher location Fort Collins, CO
Contributing office(s) South Atlantic Water Science Center
Description xiii, 103 p.
Country United States