The TEP developed a Project Effectiveness Monitoring Program in 2010. Project-scale effectiveness monitoring measures environmental parameters to determine if habitat enhancement actions result in desired changes in habitat conditions. This evaluation process requires both pre- and post-project datacollection and will allow us to assess and compare habitat enhancement projects we undertake. TEP will use monitoring protocols that are consistent with other effectiveness monitoring efforts in our region. This will decrease the time and effort needed to develop our program and increase its utility beyond our organization by allowing for comparison among projects in a broader regional context. Effectiveness monitoring will be incorporated into all of our future habitat enhancement projects. more...
TEP is collecting data on many parameters including water level, water quality, vegetation, and fish and wildlife to assess the efficacy of our Miami Wetlands Project. Data collection needed to inform project designs and establish baseline site conditions began in 2006. Collection of post-construction data began in 2011. Comparing these data sets will allow us to evaluate the project relative to its primary goals:
improve connectivity between the site and the Miami River,
increase the quantity and quality of on-site aquatic habitats,
restore the historical character of on-site vegetation, and
enhance riparian vegetation along the Miami River to increase shading and provide a source of wood for in-channel large woody debris recruitment.
Are our restoration efforts working?
We at the TEP find it important to not only be concerned with restoring habitat but also to assess whether the desired effects are happening or not. The outcome intent of restoration may be to increase the salmonid population or improve water quality, in either case post-construction monitoring is necessary to find these results. Below you will find addtional TEP Project Effectiveness Monitoring Reports within the workstudy area. For more Project Monitoring information, please contact Scott Bailey