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Monitoring of RRISSC Moderate Risk Areas

The rating of moderate risk for specific reaches or sub-watersheds indicates that observable problems or threats exist, but their nature, extent, severity or consequence are such that recommendations of changed management practices or mitigation to offset the potential adverse effects may be appropriate in lieu of substantial effort to quantify the problem. Effectiveness monitoring evaluates the response of the stream to its mitigation. For example, monitoring determines the response of the system to instituted changes such as streambank erosion response to a change in grazing practice. In this example, monitoring would involve installation of bank and/or toe pins to be re-measured annually. Bank pins installed in stable reference streambanks in the same vicinity or valley type would indicate the natural, acceptable rate of bank erosion compared to departure rates of the moderate risk reach. This type of effectiveness monitoring is not very expensive nor time consuming, but adds a great wealth of data to support an effective management program or to identify additional stabilization and/or restoration needs. Additional monitoring information is included in the monitoring section of WARSSS.

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