Watershed Plan topics

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Topic Description
Agricultural lands Farms, orchards, and ranches
Barriers Barriers to fish passage such as road crossings over streams, culverts, bridges, etc.
Benthic macroinvertebrate data Surveys and other direct measurements of benthic macroinvertebrates
Climate or precipitation Current and historic climate data for the watershed
Cultural resources Archaeological sites, historic buildings and structures, landscapes, and objects
Demographics Population, economics, languages, ethnic groups
Developed areas Location and extent of developed areas. This is often presented as percent impervious surface area
Exotic or invasive species Any exotic or invasive species in the watershed.
Federal lands Public lands such as National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges
Fish data Fish sampling and analysis data
Flood plains Designated floodplain areas
Flow data Stream flow data and the period of record
Future land use considerations Any future land use scenarios that have been proposed
Geology and soils Geology and soils
Groundwater resources Groundwater resources in the watershed, such as groundwater basins, recharge areas, aquifers, etc.
Hydrology Waterbody network, including the locations of all the water bodies and how they are connected to one another.
Land use or land cover General land use and land cover information; for specific topics use open space, wetlands, etc.
Local lands Public lands owned by the local jurisdiction, such as municipal or county (regional) parks
Mining Includes hard rock mining as well as gravel mining from streambeds
Open space Includes natural areas, wildlife and native plant habitat, important wetland or watershed lands, stream corridors, passive or low-impact activities, little or no land disturbance, and/or trails for non-motorized activities.
Protected species Any threatened or endangered species within the watershed
Recreation Major recreational uses in the watershed
Sensitive areas Sensitive areas offer critical or unique fish and wildlife habitat, including seasonal or lifestage requirements, or offer water quality or erosion control benefits to the body of water.
State lands Public land such as state parks, and other state lands
Stream survey data Could include aspect, channel type, bedload, substrate, streambank stability, slump potential, large woody debris, and riparian vegetation.
Surface water resources Surface water includes all water that is naturally open to the atmosphere, such as lakes, rivers, seas and reservoirs.
Topography or elevation Topography or elevation
Transportation Major transportation corridors within the watershed
Vegetation Types, quantity, and location of vegetative species throughout your watershed
Water quality data Chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of surface water or groundwater; turbidity, sediment, nutrients, pathogens, temperature
Watershed boundaries Watershed and subwatershed boundaries
Wetlands Location and extent of wetland areas in the watershed
Wildlife Wildlife that lives in the watershed

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