||Application of the synoptic approach to wetland designation : a case study in Washington /
Abbruzzese, Brooke. ;
Leibowitz, S. G. ;
||NSI Technology Services Corp., Corvallis, OR.;Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR.
|| United States Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Research Laboratory,
Wetlands--Classification--Washington (State) ;
Wetland management--Washington (State) ;
Wetland ecology--Washington (State)
Water quality management ;
Water pollution ;
Data processing ;
Surface waters ;
Management planning ;
Permit applications ;
Natural resource conservation ;
Environmental effects ;
Synoptic measurement ;
Case studies ;
Technology transfer ;
||Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA
||Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown.
||vii, 80 : maps ; 28 cm.
The synoptic approach is a rapid assessment method designed to provide a context for evaluating landscape sensitivity to cumulative wetland loss and to complement site specific information used in reviewing permit applications to alter wetlands. The objectives of the study were to: (1) test the utility of the synoptic approach in prioritizing wetland 'functional uses' (including State surface water designated uses) within the State of Washington; (2) demonstrate and improve this method's ability to identify wetland resources that are ecologically important or sensitive to change; (3) investigate the applicability of the synoptic approach in the landscape assessment of a relatively small watershed; and (4) implement the transfer of the research products to State wetland managers. Readily available data were compiled for Washington into a set of map overlays. The overlays were synthesized to produce indices of landscape input and wetland capacity for hydrologic, water quality, and life support functions, cumulative impacts and future wetland losses for watersheds within the State. The synoptic approach identifies wetland functions not included in Washington's designated uses of surface waters. The approach is appropriate for a state with a generalized set of water quality standards such as Washington's, i.e., one that has no specific designated uses relative to wetland hydrologic and water quality improvement functions. The products of this assessment will be useful in regional planning and in the development of State wetland conservation plans.
Final report. "August 1990." Funded by United States Environmental Protection Agency, contract to NSI Technology Services Corporation Includes bibliographical references. "EPA/600/3-90/072"--Cover.