36.11.424 WATERSHED MANAGEMENT - MONITORING
(1) The department shall develop and
maintain a monitoring strategy to assess watershed impacts of land use
activities and the effectiveness of mitigation measures. The monitoring
strategy shall include:
assessments, such as BMP audits, on most projects with a substantial amount of
soil disturbance. For future applications, the department shall revise BMP's
that fail to provide adequate protection;
(b) site-specific monitoring projects using
quantitative assessment methods on selected sites to determine the
effectiveness of BMP's and other commonly applied mitigation measures;
(c) assessments of habitat conditions on
selected streams identified as supporting the fish species listed as threatened
or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. Sections 1531 through
1544, and sensitive fish species;
of the effects of forest management activities on soils at selected sites; and
(e) an inventory and analysis of watershed impacts on state trust
lands as funding allows.
(i) If conducted, the analysis shall be sufficient to identify
causes of watershed degradation and set priorities for watershed restoration.
The department shall emphasize mitigation of existing water quality impacts in
order to provide greater opportunities to produce trust income while
maintaining beneficial uses.
(2) If watershed, soil, or fisheries
monitoring indicate unacceptable impacts resulting from forest management
activities, the department shall attempt to verify the problem, and correct or
mitigate it to an acceptable level. When necessary, the department shall use
the information collected to revise mitigation measures and/or modify future
activities to avoid similar problems.
(3) The department shall
participate in cooperative watershed monitoring effort with other agencies,
public entities and private parties, where practical, when funding is
available, and when the cooperative monitoring objectives are consistent with
department monitoring objectives.
History: 77-1-202, 77-1-209, 77-5-201, 77-5-204, MCA; IMP, 77-5-116, 77-5-204, 77-5-206, 77-5-207, MCA; NEW, 2003 MAR p. 397, Eff. 3/14/03.