Accession Number : ADA531871
Title : A Regional Guidebook for Applying the Hydrogeomorphic Approach to the Functional Assessment of Forested Wetlands in Alluvial Valleys of East Texas
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
Personal Author(s) : Williams, Hans M ; Miller, Adam J ; McNamee, Rachel S ; Klimas, Charles V
Report Date : Oct 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 143
Abstract : The Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Approach is a method for developing and applying indices for the site-specific assessment of wetland functions. The HGM Approach was initially designed to be used in the context of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Regulatory Program permit review process to analyze project alternatives, minimize impacts, assess unavoidable impacts, determine mitigation requirements, and monitor the success of compensatory mitigation. However, a variety of other potential uses have been identified, including the design of wetland restoration projects, and management of wetlands. This Regional Guidebook presents the HGM Approach for assessing the functions of most of the wetlands that occur in alluvial valleys of East Texas. The report begins with an overview of the HGM Approach and then classifies and characterizes the principal wetlands that have been identified within the region. Detailed HGM assessment models and protocols are presented for three of those wetland types, or subclasses: Low-gradient Riverine, Mid-gradient Riverine, and Connected Depression. For each wetland subclass, the guidebook presents (a) the rationale used to select the wetland functions considered in the assessment process, (b) the rationale used to select assessment models, and (d) the functional index calibration curves developed from reference wetlands that are used in the assessment models. The guidebook outlines an assessment protocol for using the model variables and functional indices to assess each of the wetland subclasses. The appendices provide field data collection forms and spreadsheets for making calculations.
Descriptors : *WETLANDS , *HYDROGEOLOGY , *GEOMORPHOLOGY , ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT , TEXAS , VALLEYS , ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT , INDEXES
Subject Categories : Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE