The Wetland Assessment Tool for Condition and Health (WATCH) is a tool to provide guidance to restoration practitioners in evaluating multiple aspects of current and future tidal salt marsh conditions. The ultimate goal of WATCH is to provide a method to evaluate the weight of evidence regarding ecological deficiency at a site to inform thoughtful decision-making in the context of different management goals and the appropriate selection of restoration tactics.
Recently, PDE hosted a training and demonstration on WATCH for restoration practitioners in the Mid-Atlantic region. This training included an overview of WATCH, application examples, input data guidance, and explanations on how to interpret outputs. A link to a recording of the training, the WATCH user guide, the WATCH tool, and other resources are below.
This site will be updated periodically with the latest version of WATCH.
The living shoreline feasibility model (LSFM) is an integrative tool that evaluates a suite of metrics to assess considerations involved in constructing and maintaining a living shoreline at a specific location. It guides users in collecting information on the physical and ecological characteristics of a site as well as factors related to site access and community resources, which are subsequently integrated to provide baseline data on existing conditions and inform team building, design, and installation planning. The LSFM is not a landscape scanning tool, but provides a relative evaluation of sites brought to the model.
Site will be updated as new versions become available.
Questions? Contact Dr. Joshua Moody, Restoration Manager, email@example.com