RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
Watershed Characterization Guidance
Sound Characterization Project
This project developed a regional-scale tool that highlights
the most important areas to protect, and restore, and those most
suitable for development. It includes watershed assessments
that prioritize small watersheds, or habitat areas, relative to
one another for their protection and restoration value.
Puget Sound Characterization – Volume 1: The Water Resource
Assessments (Water Flow and Water Quality), April 2012.
Volume 1 briefly describes the overall conceptual framework for
the Puget Sound Characterization and describes details for the
assessment of water resources (water flow and water quality) using analyses of watershed
Puget Sound Characterization - Volume 2: A Coarse-scale
Assessment of the Relative Value of Small Drainage Areas and
Marine Shorelines for the Conservation of Fish and Wildlife
Habitats in Puget Sound Basin, December 2013. Volume 2
describes the Department of Fish and Wildlife's terrestrial,
freshwater, and marine shoreline habitats assessments.
Puget Sound Watershed Characterization -
Introduction to the Water Flow Assessment for Puget Sound, July 2010
gives a general description of the water flow assessment, the information it
provides, who could use it, and what planning processes it can support. It
provides examples of how planners can use the information for planning
decisions and how it is currently being applied.
technical document for the Puget Sound Watershed
Characterization Project, March 2010
Ecology requested peer review of
a technical document that describes the approach taken to assess
one watershed process, the movement of water in the Puget Sound.
Subsequent assessments, including updates from this peer review,
a water quality model, and models for fish and wildlife habitat,
together offer a relatively
complete watershed characterization.
Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems: A Guide for Puget Sound Planners to Understand Watershed Processes,
This document provides guidance for Puget Sound planners, resource managers, and consultants on how to better protect aquatic ecosystems, such as lakes, rivers, wetlands, and estuaries, by including information about watershed processes in resource management plans and regulatory actions.
Also see February 2010 presentation (PDF, 25MB) from a
Coastal Training Program class.
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