Watershed planning and assessment are essential to prioritization of potential projects, development of an overall watershed restoration strategy, and establishment of baseline data. The Monday Creek Restoration Project uses a variety of tools, including assessments, monitoring, and planning strategies.
WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT
In cooperation with the US Forest Service, The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, we are currently collecting different types of water quality data throughout the watershed. These include:
Long Term Monitoring – sites on the main stem of Monday Creek that have been sampled since 1997. Helps detect changes in water quality in the main stem of Monday Creek.
Pre/Post Construction – Sampling before and after a reclamation project, or construction of an AMD treatment system. The data is used to determine changes in water quality as a direct result of the project.
Reconnaissance – Sampling seeps and streams to determine problems and establish future project sites.
Biological (MAIS and IBI) – Sampling the fish and macro-invertebrates that live in stream.
Habitat (QHEI) – Sampled to determine the quality of habitat in the stream
Bacteria – Fecal coliform and E. coli are sampled to determine input sources.
Real-time stream flow data for Monday Creek and other steams throughout the state can be viewed HERE
ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING
Long-term planning is essential toward reaching our goals. This process involves several layers of comprehensive planning including:
1. The Acid Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment (AMDAT) Plan – This plan is a water quality improvement plan designed to identify and prioritize sources of acid mine drainage pollution (AMD) and provide data to assist us in our efforts to reduce the AMD problem. The AMDAT Plan characterizes the Monday Creek watershed as a single hydrologic unit, which opens the door for funding through Ohio’s Council on Unreclaimed Strip Mined Lands (CURSML).
2.) Monday Creek Watershed Management Plan – This comprehensive document describes the problems, priorities and activities associated with water quality and ecological integrity of the watershed. Water quality problems are identified through the process of stakeholder involvement and inventory of existing watershed conditions and features. Water quality data from Ohio EPA were also incorporated into the management plan.
The specific focus of this management plan are the goals and objectives that lead to restoration. Specific management strategies were developed for each of the four major subwatersheds that comprise the Monday Creek Watershed. Based upon water quality impairments, action plans were developed to clarify how the objectives will be achieved. Each plan identifies possible tasks, resources required to achieve the objectives, the time frame for its completion, and the indicators of successful accomplishment of the task. The ultimate evaluation indicator will be in having non-attaining or partially attaining streams move into full attainment.