EPA Science Inventory

Chapter 11: Monitoring and Assessment of Wetlands: Concepts, Case Studies, and Lessons Learned

Citation:

Wardrop, D., Mary E. Kentula, R. Brooks, M. Fennessy, S. Chamberlain, K. Havens, AND C. Hershner. Chapter 11: Monitoring and Assessment of Wetlands: Concepts, Case Studies, and Lessons Learned. Chapter 11, R.P. Brooks and D.H. Wardrop (ed.), Mid-Atlantic Freshwater Wetlands: Advances in Wetlands Science, Management, Policy, and Practice. Springer Science + Business Media, New York, NY, , 605, (2013).

Description:

Monitoring and assessment (M&A) have long been considered critical components of any resource management program where there is a need to evaluate progress and performance over time. Understanding the origins of current monitoring and assessment strategies and techniques for wetlands in the U.S. provides useful perspectives on how wetlands are both similar and different from other waters and allows us to take advantage of the lessons learned across all aquatic resources. We highlight several knowledge threads that significantly influenced how we approach M&A today, including legal mandates, tools developed to improve the management of resources, and scientific evidence of the utility of M&A information. We describe the role of regional forums in the evolution and development of these tools and in the building of support for their programmatic integration in the Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR). We then tell the story of their use and application at a variety of spatial scales, including site-level mitigation applications in Pennsylvania, watershed application in the Upper Juniata Watershed, regional application in the MAR, and, finally, national application in the National Wetland Condition Assessment. We document the lessons learned, and present an example of promising future use of M&A data in the construction of Tiered Aquatic Life Use Standards for wetlands.

Purpose/Objective:

Monitoring and Assessment of Wetlands: Concepts, Case Studies, and Lessons Learned Understanding the origins of current monitoring and assessment strategies and techniques for wetlands provides useful perspectives on how wetlands are both similar and different from other waters and allows us to take advantage of the lessons learned across all aquatic resources. This invited chapter on wetlands in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. uses the history of wetland monitoring and assessment in the region to highlight how legal mandates, science, and federal and state resource management efforts have combined to produce effective state wetland programs in the Mid-Atlantic. Topics covered include development and application of monitoring and assessment tools at multiple scales, the use of regional forums of wetland managers and scientists to set research priorities and explore programmatic applications. The story of the integration of science and management through a decades-long partnership is a success story full of examples and inspiration for others to emulate. Contact: Mary Kentula, ORD/NHEERL/WED 541-754-4478

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (BOOK CHAPTER)
Start Date: 02/26/2013
Completion Date: 02/26/2013
Record Last Revised: 04/06/2015
Record Created: 02/26/2013
Record Released: 02/26/2013
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 252576

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION

FRESHWATER ECOLOGY BRANCH