Presentation on theme: "SWJ Soil Monitoring Jim Snyder, SFNF Watershed Program Manager Mike Natharius photo."— Presentation transcript:
SWJ Soil Monitoring Jim Snyder, SFNF Watershed Program Manager Mike Natharius photo
SWJ Soil Monitoring The National BMP Program was developed to improve agency performance and accountability in managing water quality consistent with the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and State water quality programs. Current Forest Service policy directs compliance with required CWA permits and State regulations and requires the use of BMPs to control nonpoint source pollution to meet applicable water quality standards and other CWA requirements.
Erosion Bridge Mike Natharius photo Erosion bridges will be deployed in the Virgin Mesa & Paliza Rx burns in conjunction with additional Rx data provided by the Missoula RMRS Fire lab. These sites will be part of the SWJ soil monitoring plots.
Napper et al, 2009 Soil Disturbance classes 0-3, 0 = no disturbance 3 = >10cm rutting and/or missing forest floor layers Soil disturbance classes used in Forest Soil Disturbance Monitoring Protocol. Soil disturbance classes increase in severity of impact from class ‘0’ to class ‘3’
Compaction Compaction can be field determined by using: Metal rod (tile probe) Shovel Calibrated compaction tester The metal rod/shovel will require the soil techs to ‘calibrate’ themselves to the physical resistance of the tested soil type. The gaged compaction tester will have protocol assigning test depth(s) (3, 6, 9, 12, or 15 inches, 30cm)
Site Attributes This data will include live plant, invasive presence, fine or coarse woody material, bare soil, rock, litter, duff, aspect, & slope Aspen in 1 st - order drainages maintain & improve hydrologic function & soil productivity.
Soil Monitoring Field Data Forest floor condition Forest floor components Plant, invasive, soil, rock, LWD, duff, litter soil erosion, rutting, compaction, structure This field data will be used for future projects, annual CWA BMP reporting, and upcoming Forest Plan Revision