5.4 Monitoring and Data Collection

Hydrologic Data Program

To monitor progress toward meeting water quality and quantity goals, routine monitoring of water quality in Gleason Lake and water quality and volume in Gleason Creek will continue to be a part of the District's annual Hydrologic Data Program.   Monitoring data on Hadley, Kreatz, and Snyder Lakes may be obtained to establish baseline conditions.  Monitoring these lakes every three to five years will provide sufficient information to assess changes in water quality and progress toward goals.

Aquatic Vegetation

Lake aquatic plant monitoring provides information needed to manage aquatic plants, evaluate control measures, and plan for future actions.  This monitoring is especially useful as water quality management activities are implemented and plant communities change in response to changing water quality.  A baseline aquatic vegetation survey was prepared as part of the Gleason Lake Management Plan.  From that data, an aquatic vegetation management plan would be developed as part of a proposed internal load management project, including an evaluation of the feasibility of curly leaf pondweed control.  The survey should be updated by staff/contractor after five years at an estimated cost of $8,000.  Interim monitoring could be conducted by trained volunteers.

Wetland Monitoring

Wetlands with exceptional value vegetation are present in the subwatershed.  Because of the importance to overall subwatershed ecological integrity of preserving these values, these wetlands will be regularly monitored for invasive species by staff or trained volunteers.