2nd Edition

Practical Handbook for Wetland Identification and Delineation




ISBN 9781439838914
Published March 21, 2011 by CRC Press
208 Pages 148 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Wetland identification, although theoretically straightforward, is not cut and dry as a practice. Despite the time and expense, it is an economic and environmental necessity.

The Definitive Guide to the Practice of Wetland Identification

The second edition of the bestselling Practical Handbook for Wetland Identification and Delineation offers solutions to real-world problems in the scientific and regulatory aspects of wetlands. The authors present characteristics and indicators of wetlands that are the focus of the jurisdictional issue, and discuss strategies and methods for making wetland identifications and delineations that meet federal requirements.

What’s new in the Second Edition:

  • Coverage of increased options for scientific evaluation of problematic areas
  • More details on definition of wetlands, description of their functions, and delineation methods used to assess their extent
  • Lay examination of legal questions, regulatory/permitting requirements, statutes, and other guidance
  • Information on the latest techniques for conducting wetland evaluations
  • Exploration of advances in mapping, surveying and remote sensing technologies

Although the most basic delineation methods and procedures have not changed since the first edition, the availability and power of advanced mapping, remote sensing and surveying technologies have advanced the science. Low and higher altitude aerial imagery, geographic information system (GIS) databases, easily accessible land cover maps, and fine resolution satellite data are just a few of the resources available. In spite of these advances, it is still difficult to find practical directions on how to gather needed data in the literature.

Updated and revised to reflect changes in the science and technology, the second edition brings together technical criteria, field indicators, and vital regional information in clear language and focused practical utility.

Table of Contents

Background
What Is a Wetland?
The Federal Definition and Criteria for Identification of Wetlands

Methods
Selecting a Method of Analysis and Level of Detail
Routine‑Level Methods and Analysis Procedures
Intermediate‑Level Methods and Analyses Procedures
Comprehensive Procedures

Additional Background and Details
Soils
Soil Surveys
Munsell Color Charts
Plant Measurements

Additional Methods and Considerations
Topographic Maps
Aerial Photos and Remote Sensor Image Data
Aerial Photos or Images for Characterizing Soils
Large Area Wetland Evaluations
National Wetland Inventory Products
Surveying and Mapping

Advanced Methods, Hydrology, Soils and Plants
Qualitative Methods
Quantitative Methods
Wetland Soils
Soil Surveys and Soil Maps
Growing Season
Calibrating Hydric Soil Field Indicators to Long‑Term Wetland
Hydrology
Plants and Soil Chemistry

Advanced Methods, Mapping Sciences
Mapping Sciences
Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
Maps
Digital Elevation Models
Digital Terrain Models, Digital Line Graphs, and Other Data
Surveying
Photogrammetry
Topographic Information
Floodplain Mapping
National Wetlands Inventory
Detailed Mapping and GIS
Web Services
Remote Sensing and Mapping of Wetlands
General Wetlands
Spectral Analyses
Detailed Remote Sensor Analyses
Radar
Data Fusion
Continental‑Scale Image Data Sets
Advanced Applications and Pattern Recognition
Indicators

Oil and Wetlands
Oil Spills and Hazardous Waste
Oiling and Methodologies
Wetlands and Oil
Spectra
Water Quality Issues and Oiling
Oil Applications of GIS

Permitting, Field Inspection, and Jurisdiction
The Permitting Process
Connectivity
Jurisdiction
Permitting and Environmental Attorneys
Wetlands and Riparian and Riverine Areas
Mitigation.
The Report and Permitting
Oversight
Inspections

Conclusions
Where We Are
Where We Are Going
Hydrology, Connectivity, and Jurisdiction
Definitions
Advanced and Enhanced Methods
Where Are We Going

References
Bibliography
Plant‑Related References
Index

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"… The second edition of the bestselling Practical Handbook for Wetland Identification and Delineation offers solutions to real-world problems in the scientific and regulatory aspects of wetlands. The authors present characteristics and indicators of wetlands that are the focus of the jurisdictional issue, and discuss strategies and methods for making wetland identifications and delineations that meet federal requirements. …Updated and revised to reflect changes in the science and technology, this second edition brings together technical criteria, field indicators, and vital regional information in clear language and focused practical utility."
––Jason Wimbiscus- Noteworthy Books Editor, The Northeastern Naturalist, Steuben, ME