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Monitoring Plan For Evaluating The Success of The San Dieguito Lagoon Wetland Restoration Project

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Monitoring Plan For Evaluating The Success of The San Dieguito Lagoon

Wetland Restoration Project

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Monitoring Plan

Purpose:The Monitoring Plan will provide a framework to guide the monitoring work.

Contents:Description of the performance standards and sampling methods.

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• Topography• Water quality• Tidal prism• Habitat areas

Performance Standards

Long-term physical

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• Biological communities (fish, inverts, birds)

• Vegetation (cover, open space)

• Spartina canopy architecture

• Reproductive success of plants

• Food chain support (feeding activity of birds)

• Exotics (no impairment by exotics)

Biological Performance Standards

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Topics that will be covered today

• Reference sites

• Sampling methods for post-restoration monitoring

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Reference site selection46 sites evaluated

Criteria for inclusion

• Relatively undisturbed• Tidal• Located in Southern California Bight• Suite of habitats similar to restoration site

(vegetated marsh, tidal creeks, main channel, basin)

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Mugu Lagoon

Reference wetlands

Tijuana Estuary

Carpinteria Salt Marsh

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Post-restoration monitoring

• Provide adequate information to evaluate performance standards

• Minimize damage to wetland resources• Cost effective

Goals

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Develop sampling methods for evaluating biological performance standards.

Focus of Pre-restoration Monitoring

Incorporate findings from pre-restoration monitoring into the CCC Monitoring Plan.

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Biological Communities

StandardWithin 4 years of construction, total densities and number of species of fish, macro-invertebrates and birds shall be similar to densities and number of species in similar habitats in reference wetlands.

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Sampling methods

No one method can be used to estimate the abundance and species number in main channels and tidal creeks.

Fish

The following methods will be used to sample fish:• Enclosure traps• Beach seines• Purse seines

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Enclosure traps

Arrow Goby

Shadow Goby

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Beach Seine

Top smelt

California HalibutSculpin

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Spotted Bay Bass

Top smelt

Purse seine

Mullet

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Macro-invertebrates

Sampling methodsPrimarybenthic cores

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Sampling methods

Secondary

enclosure traps

beach seines

Macro-invertebrates

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Birds & Food Chain Support

Sampling considerationsAllocation of sampling effort in space and time Standardization across wetlands

Sampling methodTo be determined during current work plan.

Working with bird expert. Method to be resolved by June 2004.

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Standard

The proportion of total vegetation cover and open space in the marsh shall be similar to those proportions found in the reference sites.

Vegetation

Sampling methodsAerial photos with limited ground surveys. Final sampling method to be determined by April 2004

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Spartina canopy

Standard

The restored wetland shall have a canopy architecture that is similar in distribution to the reference sites, with an equivalent proportion of stems over 3 ft tall.

Sampling methodsSample sizes to be determined.

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Reproductive success Standard

Certain plant species shall have demonstrated reproduction at least once in 3 years.

Sampling methodsQuantify viable seed production in prominent species. Specifics and effort to be developed.

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Exotic species

Standard

The important functions of the wetland shall not be impaired by exotic species.

Sampling methodsRely on biological monitoring.

Augment with routine observations.

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Timeline for completion of Monitoring Plan

Draft circulated for comment – Dec 2004

Final draft submitted to CCC – June 2005