Presentation Title

Developing a model to assess ecological function in the nearshore

Session Title

Session S-03F: Tools for Assessment and Implementation

Conference Track

Planning Assessment & Communication

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

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Start Date

30-4-2014 3:30 PM

End Date

30-4-2014 5:00 PM

Abstract

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and stakeholders have developed an In-Lieu Fee approach for built projects in the Hood Canal of Puget Sound in Washington State to address appropriate mitigation and regional restoration needs. As part of this process, it became apparent that there were no accepted methods for assessing the functional loss associated with built projects or the functional gain associated with restoration projects in the nearshore environment for Puget Sound. The nearshore includes marine riparian, tidal wetlands, tidal non-wetlands, and subtidal habitats. To fill this need a rapid assessment model is being developed by a core science team of regional experts through literature review, iterative stakeholder input, and an independent peer review process. The model evaluates 14 Valued Ecosystem Components based on answering 74 questions in the model dataform. Stakeholders involved in the process include state and federal agencies, Tribes, local agencies, and non-government organizations. The model was developed with the intention that an experienced ecologist could apply this tool with a day or two of training, a day of desktop GIS analysis, and for most sites, one day in the field and a day of data analysis. The model will be field calibrated and verified during the spring/summer of 2013, and a similar iterative process of review will be conducted with stakeholders and the independent peer reviewers. Several lessons learned from this 18 month effort are applicable to developing other rapid assessment models. The greatest challenge was to develop an accessible rapid assessment model, based on a strong science foundation, which did not oversimplify the complex ecology of the nearshore.

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Apr 30th, 3:30 PM Apr 30th, 5:00 PM

Developing a model to assess ecological function in the nearshore

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The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and stakeholders have developed an In-Lieu Fee approach for built projects in the Hood Canal of Puget Sound in Washington State to address appropriate mitigation and regional restoration needs. As part of this process, it became apparent that there were no accepted methods for assessing the functional loss associated with built projects or the functional gain associated with restoration projects in the nearshore environment for Puget Sound. The nearshore includes marine riparian, tidal wetlands, tidal non-wetlands, and subtidal habitats. To fill this need a rapid assessment model is being developed by a core science team of regional experts through literature review, iterative stakeholder input, and an independent peer review process. The model evaluates 14 Valued Ecosystem Components based on answering 74 questions in the model dataform. Stakeholders involved in the process include state and federal agencies, Tribes, local agencies, and non-government organizations. The model was developed with the intention that an experienced ecologist could apply this tool with a day or two of training, a day of desktop GIS analysis, and for most sites, one day in the field and a day of data analysis. The model will be field calibrated and verified during the spring/summer of 2013, and a similar iterative process of review will be conducted with stakeholders and the independent peer reviewers. Several lessons learned from this 18 month effort are applicable to developing other rapid assessment models. The greatest challenge was to develop an accessible rapid assessment model, based on a strong science foundation, which did not oversimplify the complex ecology of the nearshore.