Water Quality Planning
Targeted Watershed Plans
Assessments and recommendations for the Watershed. Big-Douglas and Rathbone - Soper Creek TWA WQM PLAN 2017 (BR03)
Big-Douglas and Rathbone - Soper Creeks TWA WQM Plan 2017 Presentation
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
Monitor Targeted Watershed Area (TWA)
Monitor Stressor Identification
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Monitoring of phosphorus concentrations in the streams of the Big-Douglas and Rathbone-Soper Creeks areas should continue as funding and volunteer efforts allow.
Protect Riparian or Shorelands
In areas with heavy grazing, managed grazing and rotational grazing could be implemented to protect riparian corridors. Other agricultural practices and nutrient management plans could help reduce erosion and runoff to streams.
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Follow up monitoring should be completed on streams with poor IBI scores or lack of fish to further evaluate conditions.
Habitat Restoration - Instream
Habitat improvements could be implemented on streams that have documented steep eroding banks if funding becomes available.