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Title: Wetlands functions and values study plan. Appendix B, Survey of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetlands values information needs
Authors: Forsythe, Stephen W.
Clairain, Ellis J., Jr.
Smith, Hanley K.
Keywords: Research
Wetlands management
Environmental management
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Wetlands Research Program (U.S.)) ; no. Technical Report Y-83-2 App.B
Abstract: This report, Appendix B to the Wetlands Functions and Values Study Plan, contains the results of a survey of U. s. Army Corps of Engineers (CE) wetlands values information needs. It includes a discussion of the survey questions and responses, as well as a summary and conclusions section. Twenty-two Districts were surveyed by mail, and 15 others were visited by members of the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES) study team. The responses to these surveys were summarized according to seven broad topics: (A.) characteristics to consider when defining wetlands values, (B.) CE activities and reports which require wetlands values information, (C.) types of wetlands and developmental activities, (D.) evaluation techniques currently used by CE personnel, (E.) desirable qualities in any new assessment technique and effective information transfer, (F.) research needs and priorities, and (G.) comments of a general nature. The WES study team utilized the responses from 192 individuals from 37 CE Districts to formulate conclusions. They were as follows: (A.) The definition of wetlands values should emphasize ecological and socioeconomic values of public interest. (B.) Wetlands values information and assessment methods are needed for all aspects of CE regulatory and planning functions. (C.) The majority of national pressure for wetland development is exerted upon the widely distributed bottomland hardwoods, wooded swamps, and freshwater and estuarine marshes; regional wetlands receive local pressure for development. Pressures for development of wetlands are greatest from commercial/residential, flood control, and agricultural interests. (D.) Wetland evaluations are based upon regulations and general guidance. (E.) A wetlands values assessment methodology should be fast, technically sound, regionalized, and officially sanctioned. (F.) Food chain production, heavy metal immobilization, nutrient uptake, groundwater recharge/discharge, and storm- and floodwater storage are considered priority wetlands values for research.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: Technical Report Y-83-2 App.B
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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