Rapid Assessment Methodologies (RAMs) are standardized, defensible & low-cost tools to rapidly evaluate the relative condition of a landscape feature. RAM protocols rely on theory-tested empirical data from rigorous, high-resolution monitoring to validate the assumptive linkages between the field proxy measurements and the system processes of interest. By implementing simple & targeted... read more
Water Quality Improvement Plans ...
Land use and resource management programs aim to implement actions to protect and enhance beneficial uses of our aquatic systems. Our collective ability to achieve water quality improvements requires technically supported and effective implementation plans to focus limited resources on reducing the greatest pollutant sources and their associated impacts. Our ability to demonstrate and track... read more
Integrating Data into Decisions
Physical, chemical and biological monitoring programs implemented by environmental groups typically result in a large quantity of high-resolution data from a few locations, allowing us to develop an in-depth understanding of the status and processes controlling the hydrology, chemistry or biological community at these specific locations. Accurate and reliable data collection requires focused... read more
Santa Cruz IRMWP
Santa Cruz Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan
2NDNATURE assisted the County of Santa Cruz Environmental Health Department with creating a conceptual framework that will guide the update of the Santa Cruz Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan. The conceptual framework links IRWM quantitative objectives to controllable system drivers that can be modified as a result of effective... read more