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2009 Wetlands Development Grants Awards Projects

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For additional information on these and other Wetland Program Development Grants, please also see EPA's Wetland Grants Database and click on the “public access” button.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality – Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Strategy

ADEQ will develop a strategy to monitor and assess wetlands, including an update of the National Wetland Inventory. Water chemistry data will be collected for selected wetlands and rapid assessment techniques (e.g., California Rapid Assessment Methodology) will be investigated for use with Arizona wetlands.

CNRA will prepare for the National Wetland Condition Assessment Intensification Study (2011) in concert with the California Wetland Monitoring Workgroup. They will develop a probability-based design and standard operating procedures, and will train regional partners in the procedures.

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands - Sea Grass Biological Criteria Development

The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands will monitor the sea grass ecosystem in the Saipan Lagoon and develop sea grass biocriteria regulations. This work will increase the understanding of natural sea grass-macroalgae seasonal cycles, impacts of disturbance, and impacts of land-based pollution on the sea grass ecosystem; and will move towards better protection of the valued sea grass ecosystem.

Hualapai Tribe - Seep-Spring Monitoring Program Development and Technology Transfer

Hualapai Tribe will refine and further test their seep-spring wetland protocols and will monitor nine additional wetlands. Frequency of wetland monitoring will be tested to determine the appropriate frequency for ongoing monitoring. They will test methods for sampling nocturnal macroinvertebrates at springs. They will host a workshop for southwest tribes and others to demonstrate monitoring techniques and data analysis methods.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - Isolated Wetland Inventory and Monitoring

PLPT will map and identify isolated wetlands, monitor previously assessed wetlands to determine trends, and report on the functions and values of wetlands throughout Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal lands.

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San Jose State University-Moss Landing Marine Laboratory - Seasonal Estuary Assessment Method Development

Moss Landing Marine Laboratory at San Jose State University will expand the California Rapid Assessment will expand the California Rapid Assessment Methodology (CRAM) to coastal lagoons and small coastal stream mouths along California’s coast.

Southern California Coastal Water Research Project - Integrated Measures of Ecosystem Condition for Biological Objectives for Riverine Wetlands

SCCWRP will develop an approach for the multi-indicator assessment of the condition of riverine and riparian wetland ecosystems in California. The index will assess the streambed, adjacent wetlands and associated riparian habitats together.

University of California at Davis, Plant Sciences Department - Ecological Standards for Vernal Pool Compensatory Mitigation

UC Davis will establish a standardized method to evaluate the performance of vernal pool compensatory mitigation projects in California. They will establish a reference network of natural vernal pools across the range of variability in California, develop a tool to quantify performance for mitigation pools; and identify the attributes that best predict mitigation performance.

Yurok Tribe - Klamath River Estuary Wetlands Restoration Planning

Yurok Tribe will assess wetlands, monitor wetland water quality and refine their prioritization of wetlands for protection. They will fill data gaps regarding the importance of the Klamath River’s estuary habitat quality in salmon restoration. A restoration plan will be developed.

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