- another test
Channel characteristics (rocks, large woody debris) and associated floodplains (access to overflow areas) are adequate to display energy.
Lateral movement is associated with natural sinuosity.
Erosion, deposition, embeddedness, and movement of bed materials are normal for this reach.
Aspects of channel geometry are in balance with the landscape position.
Inputs of large organic debris and incorporation into the channel are normal for the area.
Banks are undercut (meandering or riffle-pool streams)
Boulders in streams are moss-covered (step-pool streams).
Riffle-bed materials and gravels are free of sediment. Fish spawning and use of rock undersides by insects and other invertebrates are possible.
Roots of trees shrubs and graminoids extend into the stream. Roots masses are capable of withstanding high stream flow events and allowing formation of overhanging banks.
There is recruitment of riparian tree and shrub species that will contribute to replacement woody debris in the foreseeable future.
Riparian habitat and structure have been maintained.
Riparian soil moisture characteristics are maintained.
Bank shearing, soil compaction, and bare ground are uncommon.
Vertebrate and invertebrate life indicate good water quality.
Nutrient inputs are normal (there is a lack of algae mats).
Inputs of fine organic matter from the detritus food chain are appropriate.
Is the desired plant community present (diversity, species, age, structure, form)?
Does the substrate make the stream susceptible to either vertical or lateral erosion?
Are the riparian soils subjected to prolonged saturation and anaerobic conditions?
Is the stream beaver influenced or controlled?
Are there outside factors affecting the dynamics of the system
- Land Clearing
Second grass or Forb
Third grass or Forb