Validation of a Rapid Wetland Assessment Protocol for Utah: Testing Inter-Observer and Intraseason Variability (RI-278)

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By: Diane Menuz and Miles McCoy-Sulentic

The Utah Geological Survey examined the repeatability and reproducibility of the Utah Rapid Assessment Procedure (URAP a rapid assessment method used to assess the condition and potential function of wetlands in Utah. The goals of the project were to 1) assess the repeatability of the protocol within and across teams of UGS employees and external stakeholders, 2) evaluate the consistency of results at different times of the year, and 3) identify individual metrics that need refinement. Four URAP components were evaluated for the study, including wetland condition metrics, sensitive amphibian habitat metrics, and checklists for water quality improvement and wildlife habitat. Field forms, sample office evaluations, detailed responses to rating components, and a comparison of water quality assessments are included in the appendices.

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Published: 2019
Pages: 9
Location: Utah
Media Type: Paper Publication

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