EPA910/S-96-001
                           Alaska
        United States      Region 10      Idaho
        Environmental Protection  1200 Sixth Avenue   Oregon
        Agency	Seattle WA 98101	Washington
        Office of Water
                           October 1996
4EFV   Wetland Walk Supplement

        Worksheets

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                          Wetlands  Walk
                     Site   Survey   Data  Form

 Date:
                 Investigator:
 Affiliation:
 Address:
 Phone(s):
      Definition

1. Wetlands location:
 Street address (if available):
 County:
                                                  State:
 Nearest city or town:
 Body(ies) of water adjacent to the wetland:
 Watershed (if known):
 Description of access/observation site:

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2.  Longitude and latitude for primary observation site:

                     degrees       minutes       seconds

   Longitude:



   Latitude:


3.  Weather

   Air temperature (F)


   Wind direction and Speed
(note if estimated or measured}
Beaufort Wind Scale
Beaufort
Number
0

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2

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5

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Description
calm
(0-1 mph)
light air
(2-3 mph)
slight breeze
(4-7 mph)
gentle breeze
(8-1 2 mph)
moderate breeze
(13-1 8 mph)
fresh breeze
(19-24 mph)
strong breeze
(25-3 1 mph)
moderate gale
(32-58 mph)
fresh gale
(30-46 mph)
strong gale
(47-54 mph)
whole gale
(55-63 mph)
storm
(66-72 mph)
hurricane
(73-82 mph)
Observation
smoke rises vertically

smoke drifts slowly

leaves rustle; underbrush moves

twigs move; flags extended

branches move; dust and paper rise

small trees sway

large branches sway; wires wistle

trees in motion; walking difficult

twigs break off trees

branches break; roofs damaged

trees snap; damage evident

widespread damage

extreme damage

   Weather at time of visit
     a storm                    a showers or snow
     LJ dear (cloud cover 0-10%)  LJ partly cloudy (cloud cover 10-90%)
     a overcast (cloud cover 90-100%)

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   Weather for previous 24-48 hours
     a storm                    LI showers or snow
     G clear (cloud cover 0-10%)  G partly cloudy (cloud cover 10-90%)
     a overcast (cloud cover 90-100%)

4.      the     below to sketch out a map of your wetlands and mark
   up to three observational points you will be using. In your drawing,
   include areas of open water, vegetation, and observed water inflows
   and outflows.
5.  Estimate the size, in acres, of the wetland, excluding the buffer.

   Q Less than one acre                acres
6. The average buffer width around each     of the wetlands is

            north
south
east
west
   Q no apparent buffer
   Q 50 to 100 feet
 a less than 50 feet
 a More than 100 feet

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7.  To further define the wetland, please check the vegetation type
   which is most appropriate:
   a The dominant (more than 30%) type of vegetation is trees and
     shrubs over 20 feet tail (forested)
   a The dominant (more than 30%) vegetation is woody vegetation
         than 20 feet tall (shrub-scrub)
   a The dominant (more than 30%) vegetation is grasses and plants
     that have fleshy and not woody stems (emergent)
   Draw the      of vegetation on your map.

8.  Another important factor in describing wetlands is the
   and extent of water.
   Check the description(s) which best describes the wetland.
   Q There is standing fresh water.  If so, is it:
         a Seasonal, or      a year round
   Q There is tidal influence and standing water at a high tide.
   a There is no visible standing water at time of visit.
         a No, but there is evidence of past standing water.
   LJ There is flowing water.
   If water is present, estimate how much area of the wetlands is
   covered in water.
      a o% - 30%         a 30% - 60%      a eo% -100%
   If there is no standing water, is the soil soggy?
   (Test for sogginess: Do your shoes become wet when walking on
   soils? When you squeeze a dump of soil, does water seep out?)
   ayes      a no, but the soil is damp     a no, the soil is dry
   Identify any visible areas or structures through which water flows into
   the wetlands and then draw and label them on your map.
   LJ streams         LJ culverts                    LJ ditches
   a storm drains     LI ponds, lakes, estuaries       LI pump
   Identify any visible areas or structures through which water flows out
   of the wetlands and then draw and label them on your map.
   LJ streams         LJ culverts                    LJ ditches
   a storm drains     LI ponds, lakes, estuaries       LJ pump

9.  A healthy wetland is home to a variety of animals.
   Please indicate the observations you made while visiting  your
   wetland.
   The following wildlife have           during this Wetlands Walk.
   (Please identify the species, if possible.)
   a fish             a aquatic insects      D flying  insects
   a birds            LJ ducks               a frogs
   Q lizards          LJ snakes             a rabbits
   a mice            a deer                a domestic animals
                                             (cats,  dogs)

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9. Animals. (Cont.)
   Carcasses of dead fish or other wildlife have been seen during this
   Wetlands Walk. (Please mark the location of the carcasses on your
   wetlands map and identify the species if possible.)
   LJ yes LJ no

   Please specify:
   Evidence (scat, tracks) of the following have been seen during this
   Wetlands Walk.
   Q birds         a ducks        LJ frogs         a snakes
   LJ rabbits       LJ mice          LJ deer
   LI domestic animals  (cats, dogs)
10. Indicate which of the following land      are found in or
             to the wetland. Be sure to include these observations on
    your wetlands map.

    LJ Undisturbed natural vegetation
    L3 Residential housing
    Q Construction site
    a Agriculture, livestock grazing, or cultivation of crops
    Q Non industrial commercial development (e.g. office buildings,
      stores, gas stations)
    Q Industrial development
    Q Logging
    a Roads, paved or unpaved
    Q Railroads

11. Indicate which, if any, of the following activities appear to be
    taking place within the wetlands area.
    LJ dumping of soil, gravel and/or vegetation
    Q dumping of man-made materials
    LJ grading, evidenced by tracks and scraped soil
    Q draining of water evidenced by pipes or ditches leading out of the
      wetland
    L3 channelizing of water evidenced by ditches or trenches
    Q bulkheads built between shore and wetland
    L3 tracks of recreational vehicles
    Q livestock access, evidenced by animals observed in the  area, or
      animal tracks
    Q pipes or culverts which transport storm water from parking lots or
      roads into the wetland

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12.  Indicate which, if any, of the following signs of wetlands
    degradation is present.
    LI silt, sand or gravel deposits
    Q wetlands stream bank erosion, evidenced by newly exposed soils



Please use the space below to make any significant comments
regarding information not included in the survey form.

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     United States
     Environmental Protection
     Agency
     1200 Sixth Avenue
     Seattle WA 98101

     Official Business
     Penalty for Private Use
     $300

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