Striking a Balance: A Consensus-Based Guidance Document for Effective Monitoring of Stream Rehabilitation Projects in Ontario
Stream rehabilitation projects require a significant amount of time to fully achieve design goals and project objectives. This sentiment has been stated repeatedly by engineers, geomorphologists and biologists working in the river restoration industry.
Monitoring to confirm that objectives are being met – also known as Effectiveness Monitoring (EM) – is an essential part of an adaptive management approach to stream rehabilitation.
To date, the metrics, duration, and frequency of EM programs have varied greatly, depending on jurisdiction, project objectives, budget, and permit requirements. A degree of consistency in EM requirements, while preserving flexibility to fit project objectives, would be of great benefit for proponents, consultants, regulators, and the environment alike.
Following EM discussions at the 2017 Natural Channels Initiative (NCI) EM Workshop and the 2018 Natural Channels Conference, a working group was formed to develop consensus‐based guidelines for EM of stream rehabilitation projects. It consisted of representatives from conservation authorities, provincial/federal agencies, consulting firms, and the NCI.
The draft guidelines were completed in December of 2018 and considered topics such as pre‐consultation, pre-and post-construction monitoring, catchment/aquatic/terrestrial/geomorphic indicators, and duration/frequency of all EM components.
This presentation outlines the collaborative process followed, summarizes the recommended monitoring plan framework, and identifies the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the draft guideline.
1. Define Effectiveness Monitoring (EM) and why it is an essential part of an adaptive management approach to stream rehabilitation projects.
2. Summarize the framework of monitoring plan objectives, components, indicators, tasks and frequencies recommended to evaluate the effectiveness of typical, medium- to large-scale stream rehabilitation projects in Ontario.
3. Locate the draft NCI Ontario Stream Rehabilitation Effectiveness Monitoring Protocols guideline posted on the internet for public and industry feedback.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
For the past 16 years Dean has worked for Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). As a Project Manager with the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), Dean’s work focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of soil and water management technologies and developing knowledge transfer tools to overcome barriers to widespread implementation.
His most recent work focuses on developing guidelines and standards for the planning, design and implementation of soil and stream rehabilitation projects and green stormwater infrastructure.
Jenie Cooper has been working for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for over 12 years out of the Burlington office. She has held many different positions during this time.
She started her career with DFO as a compliance monitoring technician and inspected sites for regulatory compliance, then spend the several years as Habitat Biologist reviewing urban development within the Greater Toronto Area. She is now the Regional Monitoring Coordinator for all of Central and Arctic Region.