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2010 Wetlands Development Grants Awards Projects

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Aquatic Science Center - Performance Curves and Watershed Profiles:  Tools for Mitigation and Restoration Planning in the Watershed Context

The ASC will work with partners (i.e., Southern California Coastal Waters Research Program, and Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board) to develop performance curves for estuarine and coastal riverine systems, using the California Rapid Assessment Methodology (CRAM) for waters of the US.  Performance curves will forecast how beneficial uses and functional capacity of projects will increase over time.  The project will result in new tools for automating watershed profiles:  assessing the distribution, abundance, and size frequency of wetlands and riparian buffers, including associated CRAM scores.  The project will support mitigation and restoration permitting, in the watershed context. 

Aquatic Science Center - Comprehensive Strategy to Protect and Monitor California Wetlands

The ASC will propose the expansion of the wetland rules’ scope to other activities with beneficial use designations and water quality objectives, extend protection to riparian buffers, and relate wetland conditions to water quality objectives.  The applicant will partner with the California State Water Resources Control Board, the North Bay and Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and will work closely with a broad technical advisory team

Aquatic Science Center - Sierra Nevada Test of California Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring Program

The ASC will work with partners to test the efficacy of the California Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring Program in the Sierra Nevada ecoregion, and determine how well it depicts the Lake Tahoe watershed’s Stream Environment Zones (SEZs).  The applicant will partner closely with the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and will also work with the Tahoe Conservancy, the Tahoe Science Consortium, and the US Forest Service. 

Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe - Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe Wetland Development Plan

The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe will modify its wetland protection program to allow more effective coordination internally and with the BIA and US FWS, as the TJ Drain is de-commissioned.
They will increase wetland monitoring through adding parameters to their monitoring program; and will measure mercury, methyl mercury, and oxidation/reduction potential in order to better understand the level of pollution from upstream sources. 

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - Pyramid Lake Wetlands Program:  Improving Wetland Protection Efforts

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will review and verify the existing wetland monitoring program.  They will train their staff in wetland monitoring and assessment methods, develop a Wetland Program Plan, and begin the development of a management plan for the Numana Wetlands. 

Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community - Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community’s FY10 Development of Comprehensive Wetland Program

The applicant will write a Wetland Program Plan to guide effective outreach about wetlands, develop a process for baseline “Level 3” wetland assessment, develop a wetland restoration plan, and consider wetland-specific water quality standards. 

San Jose State University - Standardization of the CRAM Update Process, Manual and Training Materials through the California Wetlands Monitoring Workgroup

SJSU will improve the developing California Rapid Assessment Methodology Program through developing standard program procedures and guidelines.  They will work with their partners to standardize the CRAM update process, CRAM criteria, manuals, training materials and classes.  They will develop a Quality Assurance process for CRAM.  The project partners include the CA SWRCB, SCCWRP, ASC/SFEI and Humboldt Bay Harbor District. 

Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California - The Washoe Tribal Wetland Development and Assessment Program

The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California will develop a baseline wetland assessment and monitoring database, monitor water quality and wetland health of their largest wetlands, evaluate the effects of land use practices and climate change on wetland health, and develop a draft Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Strategy. 

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