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|Title:||Technical guide for the development, evaluation, and modification of wetland rapid assessment methods for the Corps Regulatory Program|
|Authors:||Berkowitz, Jacob F., 1979-|
David, Gabrielle C. L.
Gordon, Kyle B.
Ecological assessment (Biology)
|Publisher:||Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)|
|Series/Report no.:||Special Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC SR-23-3|
|Abstract:||The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Regulatory Program considers the loss (decrease) and gain (improvement) of wetland functions as part of Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting and compensatory mitigation decisions. To better inform this regulatory decision-making, the Regulatory program needs accurate, transparent, objective, and defensible approaches to assess the function and condition of wetlands. Additionally, wetland assessments must balance the need for objective decision-making with the concurrent need to make Regulatory program decisions in a timely manner. Consequently, it is often necessary to assess wetlands using rapidly attainable proxy measures of ecological function or condition by evaluating a suite of metrics that represent structural and compositional attributes of a wetland. In response, this document describes a set of guidelines to effectively develop, evaluate, and modify wetland assessment methods, specifically for the Corps Regulatory Program.|
|Gov't Doc #:||ERDC SR-23-3|
|Rights:||Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited|
|Appears in Collections:||Special Report|