Wetland habitat monitoring is often required to ensure that harm is not occurring to wetlands and other surface waters. Monitoring services often consist of various types of data collection, such as ground water and surface water levels, surface water quality, biological parameters, photography, rainfall, flows, and landcover assessments.

By implementing a detailed and quantitative habitat monitoring plan, wetlands and surface waters can be measured against baseline conditions prior to the vegetative growth and water use withdrawals. The baseline hydrologic and vegetative conditions would account for the effects of surrounding hydrology, habitat management systems, maintenance programs, as well as seasonal and climatic (rainfall) conditions under the current and existing conditions.

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