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Overlay the following to 1) further verify reach breaks and 2) begin assessing shoreline ecological functions.
Fish and wildlife conservation areas
Priority species habitat, forage fish spawn/holding areas
National Wetland Inventory, hydric soils
Frequently flooded areas
FEMA 100-year floodplain and floodway
Geologically hazardous areas
Erosion areas, unstable slopes, channel migration areas
Riparian vegetation, emergent vegetation, submerged aquatic vegetation
Here are some key questions you can ask of the inventory data to evaluate the status of shoreline conditions. (Rule citation)
Within the context of the shoreline type, consider:
Is there an intact riparian vegetation corridor that provides critical habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species? (Rule citation)
Are there sustainable sources of woody debris that provide habitat and channel complexity?
In urban areas, is there sufficient riparian and aquatic vegetation to provide habitat, sediment trapping, wind/wave breaks, and bank stabilization functions? (Rule citation)
Is off channel habitat provided by connected wetlands? (Rule citation)
Are there naturally unconfined streams with channel migration potential? (Rule citation)
Are eroding bluffs or unstable slopes providing sediment for downdrift beaches?
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