Regional Guidebook for Applying the Hydrogeomorphic Approach to Assessing Wetland Functions of Northwest Gulf of Mexico Tidal Fringe Wetlands
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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The Hydrogeomorphic HGM Approach is a collection of concepts and methods for developing functional indices and subsequently using them to assess the capacity of a wetland to perform functions relative to similar wetlands in a region The approach was initially designed to be used in the context of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Regulatory Program permit review sequence to consider alternatives, minimize impacts, assess unavoidable project impacts, determine mitigation requirements, and monitor the success of mitigation projects. However, a variety of other potential applications for the approach have been identified including determining minimal effects under the Food Security Act, designing mitigation projects, and managing wetlands. This report the HMG Mach to develop a Regional Guidebook for assessing the functions of tidal fringe wetlands along the Texas Gulf coast, then discusses a the rationale used to select functions, b the rationale used to select model variables and metrics, c the rationale used to develop assessment models, and d the data from reference wetlands used to calibrate model variables and assessment models. Finally, it outlines an assessment protocol for using the model variables and functional indices to assess tidal fringe wetlands in the northwestern Gulf.
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology