Appendix H

Selected Attributes of 40 Common Wetland Functional Assessment Procedures



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COMPENSATING FOR WETLAND LOSSES UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT Appendix H Selected Attributes of 40 Common Wetland Functional Assessment Procedures

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COMPENSATING FOR WETLAND LOSSES UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT TABLE H–1 Selected Attributes of 40 Common Wetland Functional Assessment Procedures Assessment Procedure1 Scale2 Non-tidal Habitat Type3 Functions4 Social Values, Red Flags AREM SS TW HA + Coastal method SS, WS NT HY,WQ,HA + CT method SS TW HY,WQ,HA + Descriptive approach SS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA + EPW SS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA + HAT SS NT,TW HA + HEP SS NT,TW,UP HA   HGM approach SS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA + Hollands-Magee method SS TW HY,WQ,HA + IBI SS,LS NT,TW,UP 5   Interim HGM SS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA + IVA SS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA + Larson method SS NT HY,HA + MDE method SS NT HA + ME Tidal method SS,WS TW HA + MNRAM SS NT HY,WQ,HA + MT form SS NT HY,WQ,HA + NBM SS,WS TW HY,WQ,HA   NC-CREWS LS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA   NC guidance SS NT HY,WQ,HA + NEFWIBP SS NT WQ(?),HA + NH method SS NT HY,WQ,HA + NJ watershed method LS NT HY,WQ,HA   OFWAM SS NT HY,WQ,HA + PAM HEP SS NT,TW,UP HA   PFC SS NT,TW,UP HY,WQ,HA   RA SS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA + Rapid Assessment Procedure WS NT HY,WQ,HA + Synoptic Approach LS NT,TW,UP HY,WQ,HA + VIMS Method SS NT HY,WQ,HA + WAFAM SS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA   WCHE SS,LS NT HA   WET SS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA + WEThings SS NT,TW HA   WHAMS SS NT,TW,UP HA   WHAP SS NT,TW,UP HA   WI RAM SS NT HY,WQ,HA + WQI SS NT HY,WQ,HA   WRAP SS NT,TW HY,WQ,HA   WVA SS NT,TW HA   1 AREM = Avian Richness Evaluation Method (Adamus 1994); Coastal Method (Cook et al. 1993); CT Method = Connecticut Method (Ammann et al. 1996); Descriptive Method = Wetland Functions and Values: A Descriptive Method (USACE 1995); EPW = Evaluation for Planned Wetlands (Bartoldus et al. 1994); HAT = Habitat Assessment Technique (Cable

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COMPENSATING FOR WETLAND LOSSES UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT Weighting Applied Scaled by Area Functional Categories Assessed6 Method Description7 Factor Measured8 Number States Where Used9 + + AV,HS,SC M I 3     F M Q 3   + FV M Q 3 +   F,V L Q 5   + F M E 5   + HQ M BS 3   + HS M V 50   + F M V 6     F M E 8     BC M M 5   + F M V 9 + + F,V M   2 + + RF C C,V 11 + + F M I 1 +(?)   EI,F,V M Q 1     F L Q 1 + + F,V M FM 1   EH,TR L Q 4     SF,F,ES M V 1 +   F,V FC F 2     BI M I,M 6   + FV M Q 7 +   EI,PI M I 1 +(?)   F AC Q 2 + + HS M V 3     PFC CL E 15     F,V BPJ   10   + F M V 15 + + F,V,FL,RP M I 15     F L F 2   + F M V 1   + PS,TS,NR M V 1 +   F,V L Q 50     HP M Q 7   + HS M V 1 + + HQ FC E 1     FV L Q 5(?) +   WQ EM V 1   F RI V 1     HS M V 1 et al. 1989); HEP = Habitat Evaluation Procedure (USFWS 1980); HGM Approach = Hydrogeomorphic Approach (Smith et al. 1995); Hollands-Magee Method = A Method for Assessing the Functions of Wetlands (Hollands and Magee 1985); IBI = Index of Biological Integrity (Karr 1981); Interim HGM (NRCS 1997); IVA = Indicator Value Assessment (Hruby

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COMPENSATING FOR WETLAND LOSSES UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT et al. 1995); Larson Method = Methods for Assessment of Freshwater Wetlands (Golet 1976); MDE Method = Method for the Assessment of Wetland Function (Fugro East, Inc. 1995); ME Tidal Method = Maine Citizens Tidal Marsh Guide (Bryan et al. 1997); MNRAM = Minnesota Routine Assessment Method (MBWSR 1998); MT Form = Montana Wetland Field Evaluation Form (Berglund 1996); NBM = Narragansett Bay Method (Lipsky 1996); NC-CREWS = North Carolina Coastal Regional Evaluation of Wetland Significance (Sutter and Wuenscher 1996); NC Guidance = Guidance for Rating the Values of Wetlands in North Carolina (NCDENR 1995); NEFWIBP = New England Freshwater Wetlands Invertebrate Biomonitoring Protocol (Hicks 1997); NH Method = New Hampshire Method (Ammann and Stone 1991); NJ Watershed Method = Watershed-Based Wetland Assessment Methodology (Zampella et al. 1994); OFWAM = Oregon Freshwater Wetland Assessment Methodology (Roth et al. 1996); PAM HEP = Pennsylvania Modified 1980 Habitat Evaluation Procedure (Palmer et al. 1985); PFC = Process for Assessing Proper Functioning Condition (Pritchard et al. 1993); RA = Wetland Assessment: A Regulatory Assessment Method (Kusler 1997); Rapid Assessment Procedure = Rapid Assessment Procedure for Assessing Wetland Functional Capacity (Magee 1998); Synoptic Approach = Synoptic Approach for Wetlands Cumulative Effects Analysis (Leibowitz et al. 1992); VIMS Method = Technique for the Functional Assessment of Virginia Coastal Plain Nontidal Wetlands (Bradshaw 1991); WAFAM = Washington State Wetland Functional Assessment Method (Hruby et al. 1998); WCHE = Wildlife Community Habitat Evaluation (Schroeder 1996); WET = Wetland Evaluation Technique (Adamus et al. 1987); WEThings (Whitlock et al. 1994); WHAMS = Wildlife Habitat Assessment and Management System (Palmer et al. 1993); WHAP = Wildlife Habitat Appraisal Procedure (Frye 1995); WI RAM = Wisconsin Rapid Assessment Methodology (WDNR 1992); WQI = Wetland Quality Index (Lodge et al. 1995); WRAP = Wetland Rapid Assessment Procedure (Miller and Gunsalus 1997); WVA = Wetland Value Assessment Methodology (LDNR 1994). 2 SS = site specific, which assesses functions at all parts of wetlands; WS = wetland system, designed to look at entire wetland system as compared to site-specific projects; LS = landscape, wherein functions of wetlands are assessed within the mosaic of wetlands and uplands at the landscape scale. 3 NT = nontidal wetlands, TW = tidal wetlands, UP = uplands. 4 HY = hydrological, WQ = water quality, HA = habitat, O = other. 5 IBI measures biological condition using samples of living organisms. Biological condition is expressed as the divergence from biological integrity. Most other procedures use measures of habitat structure to assess habitat suitability (Bartoldus 1999). 6 AR = avian richness, BC = biological condition, BI = biological integrity, EH = ecological health, EI = ecological integrity, ES = ecological significances, F = function(s), FL = functional loss, FV = functional value, HP = habitat potential, HQ = habitat quality, HS = habitat suitability, NR = native richness, PI = potential impact, PFC = proper functioning condition, PS = plot suitability, RF = resource factor (function), RP = replacement potential, SC = species composition, SF = subfunction, TR = tidal restrictions, TS = tract suitability, V = value, WQ = wetland quality. 7 AC = assessment criteria, BPJ = best professional judgment, C = classification, CL = checklist, EM = evaluation matrix, FC = flow chart or evaluation key, L = list of considerations or questions, M = assessment, functional or habitat relationship model, RI = rating index. 8 BS = bird species, C = assessment criteria, E = element or component, F = factor, FM = field measurement, I = indicator, M = metric, Q = evaluation question or considerations, V = variable or parameter. 9 Including adapted or considered applicable. 10 RA has not been used in any state but reflects the overall approach applied in many. SOURCE: Adapted Bartoldus (1999).

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