5.4 Monitoring and Data Collection

Hydrologic Data Program

To monitor progress toward meeting water quality and quantity goals, routine monitoring of water quality and quantity in Six Mile Creek will continue to be a part of the District’s annual Hydrologic Data Program, as will monitoring of lakes that have established goals in this plan or a TMDL.   Monitoring data on East Auburn, Lunsten, Carl Krey, Church, Turbid, and Mud 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.  Macroinvertebrate monitoring should be completed on Six Mile Creek every three to five years.

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.  Baseline aquatic vegetation surveys and shoreline surveys will be conducted on Pierson, Wasserman, Steiger, Zumbra, Stone, Auburn East and West, Lunsten, and Parley and aquatic vegetation management plans developed as part of any internal load reduction project.  The survey should be updated by staff/contractor after five years at an estimated cost of $6,000 each. 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, Three Rivers Park, or trained volunteers.