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Wetlands Action Plan

Project Description

 

Wetlands are an important component of a healthy watershed.  They store and filter water and slowly contribute clean water to recharge ground water and river flows.  They reduce flooding impacts and help mitigate the effects of catastrophic wildfires. They provide moist, cool and productive habitat so important to fish, wildlife and humans especially important in our arid climate.  In spite of their high ecological and social value, wetlands in our area as well as the entire country have been continually lost and degraded from development and a lack of care. 

For these reasons, HPWA is developing a plan for protecting, restoring, and improving management of wetlands in the Gallinas Watershed.  It is a complementary effort to our Updated Watershed Based Plan for the Upper Gallinas River that addresses the Gallinas River and Porvenir Creek.

This plan will accomplish the following in the Upper Gallinas Watershed:

1.      

Locate existing wetlands;

2.      

Assess their condition;

3.      

Identify the historical distribution of wetlands using aerial photos;

4.      

Develop a Wetlands Resource Management Strategy including identification of wetlands in need of protection or restoration and recommend remediation strategies.

 

This plan will be completed by the end of 2014 and will be presented to decision makers that affect wetlands as well as the general community.