The objective of this project is to conduct stream crossing field evaluations in watersheds identified as sensitive in the Morice and Lakes IFPA Sustainable Forest Management Plan. For the purpose of this evaluation the primary characteristic of interest is turbidity, which is a measure of the cloudiness of water. When forestry related disturbances generate fine sediment that is then transported to a stream, turbidity pulses occur which degrade water quality. The purpose of the investigation is to identify point sources of sediment in the watershed. Such sources or sites occur where ever roads, harvesting, or livestock disturbed terrain come in close hydrological proximity with natural drainages.
Specific objectives of this project are to:
· Perform site hazard assessments for accessible stream crossings in the targeted watersheds.
· Assign a hazard rating to each stream crossing using the Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP) assessment criteria Form 3 and WQEE guidelines.
· Recommend generic remedial work for high and very high hazard crossings.