Riparian soil moisture characteristics are maintained

Water levels have remained unchanged over time

What is the reason for the water change


Diversity and structure of the riparian and emergent vegetation has been maintained

The plant community is adequate to filter sediments and pollutants


Bank shearing, soil compaction, and bare ground are uncommon

Soil erosion and deposition in the wetland and riparian area are at natural levels

Shoreline characteristics are adequate to dissipate wave and wind event energies

Nutrient and water Quality

Inputs of fine organic matter for the detritus food chain are appropriate

Nutrient inputs are normal(there is a lack of algae mats)

Vertebrate and invertebrate life indicates good water quality

Hummocks are rounded and completely vegetated


Is the desired plant community present (diversity, species, age, structure, form)

Are the riparian soils subjected to prolonged saturation and anaerobic conditions

Is the wetland part of a beaver controlled riparian system

Are there outside factors affecting the dynamics of the system

Choose factors based on who made the changes
Land uses beyond the control of the holder
Land uses under the control of the holder

Plant community


First grass or Forb

% Cover
Average Stubble Height (cm)

Second grass or Forb

% Cover
Average Stubble Height (cm)

Third grass or Forb

% Cover
Average Stubble Height (cm)
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