Georges Creek Stream
Corridor Assessment Survey

The first step in developing a Restoration Action Strategy for the Georges Creek Watershed is to do an overall assessment of the condition of the watershed and the streams within it. This initial step is being accomplished using two approaches. First, a watershed characterization is being done that compiles and analyzes existing water quality, land use, and living resources data about the Georges Creek Watershed (Shanks, 2001). While the watershed characterization provides good overall information on environmental conditions within the Georges Creek Watershed, for the most part, information on the location of specific environmental problems is limited. To provide specific information on the location of environmental problems and restoration opportunities, a Stream Corridor Assessment (SCA) survey of the Georges Creek Watershed was also done.

The Stream Corridor Assessment survey is a survey that has been developed by DNR’s Watershed Restoration Division as a watershed management tool to identify environmental problems and help prioritize restoration opportunities on a watershed basis. As part of the survey, specially trained personnel walk the watershed’s entire stream network and record information on a variety of environmental problems that can be easily observed within the stream corridor. Field surveys were completed from October 2001 through May 2002.

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