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Definitions, reporting methodologies, and contacts for FY 07 Program Activity Measures (PAMs) - Subobjective: Protect Wetlands

Subobjective: Protect Wetlands


WT-1 [related to WT-1 in FY 06]

Measure:
Number of wetland acres restored and enhanced, under the President’s 2004 Earth Day Initiative. (cumulative)

Type: Target

Who Reports in ACS: HQ

Responsible OWOW Division: Wetlands

Shared with Other OW Offices?
Shared with other OWOW offices, Brownfields Office, Gulf of Mexico Program, Great Lakes Program, and Chesapeake Bay Program.

Definition/How to Report:
These acres may include those supported by the Wetland Five Star Restoration Grants, the National Estuary Program, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants, Brownfield grants, or EPA’s Great Waterbody Programs.  This does not include enforcement or mitigation acres.

Contact:
Robert Wood, OWOW, (wood.robert@epa.gov), (202) 566-1822

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WT-2 (a,b) [related to WT-2 in FY 06]

Measure:
Number of states and tribes that have built capacities in wetland monitoring, regulation, restoration, water quality standards, mitigation compliance, and partnership building.

Type: Indicator

Who Reports: Regions

Responsible OWOW Division: Wetlands

Definition/How to Report:
Regions should focus on efforts that would assist states and tribes to develop comprehensive wetlands programs that include wetland monitoring and assessment, regulation, restoration, water quality standards, mitigation compliance, and partnership building.  Regions will be asked to report at end of year, but not provide annual commitments.  EPA will be looking for substantial progress toward the state or tribe’s wetland progam in three of the six elements during the last three years.

Contact:
Robert Wood, OWOW, (wood.robert@epa.gov), (202) 566-1822

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WT-3 (a,b) [related to WT-3 in FY 06]

Measure:
Number of watershed-based wetlands and stream corridor projects in States and on Indian reservations (combined 5-Star and non 5-Star projects) for which EPA has provided/contributed significant financial and/or technical assistance. (cumulative projects)

Type: Indicator

Who Reports in ACS: * Regions/HQ report on WT-3a; Regions only report on WQ-3b

Responsible OWOW Division: Wetlands

Definition/How to Report:
A Region should take credit for a (non-5-Star) project if the Region provided either financial or technical assistance or both for a watershed based wetlands and stream corridor project.

Contact:
Robert Wood, OWOW, (wood.robert@epa.gov), (202) 566-1822

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WT-4 [related to WT-4 in FY 06]

Measure:
Number of States where the trend in wetland condition has been measured as defined through biological metrics and assessments.

Type: Target

Who Reports in ACS: Regions

Responsible OWOW Division: Wetlands

Definition/How to Report:
EPA has advocated the three tiered assessment approach to characterize the ambient condition of wetlands.  States will generate baseline condition using landscape assessment for at least 20% of the state, and then re-survey and report any change by 2008.  The states that complete a watershed survey will also have in place by 2008 a schedule for conducting new surveys using a rotating basin approach.  Regions need to make a determination and report on whether the state is making progress and “on track” to meeting this measure by FY 08.  

The 3 Level Technical Approach:

  • Tier 1: Landscape Assessment – Use GIS and remote sensing to gain a landscape view of watershed and wetland condition.  Typical assessment indicators include wetland coverage (NW (+I), land use and land cover.
  • Tier 2: Rapid Wetland Assessment – Evaluate the general condition of individual wetlands using relatively simple to measure field indicators.  Assessment is often based on the characterization of stressors known to limit wetland functions (e.g., road crossing, tile drainage, ditching).
  • Level 3- Intensive Site Assessment - Produce quantitative data with known certainty of wetland condition within an assessment area, used to refine rapid wetland assessment methods and diagnose the causes of wetland degradation.  Assessment is typically accomplished using indices of biological integrity or hydrogeomorphic function.

 

Contact:
Robert Wood, OWOW, (wood.robert@epa.gov), (202) 566-1822

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