Guidance for Habitat Restoration Monitoring: Framework for Monitoring Plan Development and Implementation (User's Guide)
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This guidance document presents a framework for developing and implementing technically defensible monitoring plans for habitat restoration projects associated with Department of Navy Navy Installation Restoration Program IRP sites undergoing remediation in compliance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 CERCLA. This guidance is also applicable to sites where habitat restoration activities are being considered to address natural resource injuries that may have occurred as a result of past or ongoing Navy activities. This guidance presents a six-step framework for developing and documenting a habitat restoration monitoring plan. This framework, which is fully consistent with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidance on monitoring plan development, includes identification of monitoring objectives and the development of monitoring hypotheses to focus the monitoring plan, and the development of exit criteria that include action levels and alternative actions for terminating or continuing the restoration project andor its monitoring program.