1) Build partnerships and define goals – Engage local stakeholders and agencies to identify common stewardship interests. The Klamath Basin Monitoring Program is comprised of over 25 water quality monitoring organizations working together to improve water quality conditions in the Klamath River Basin.
2) Characterize Watershed – Through the collaborative monitoring framework, a holistic understanding of ecosystem function in the Klamath River Basin are generated.
3) Identify Problems and Develop Solutions – Based on the status and trend results from the collaborative monitoring framework, sources of water quality impairment can be identified. KBMP members develop hypotheses, models, and alternatives in an effort to identify solutions to water quality impairment.
4) Implement Solutions - Non-regulatory and directs actions may be taken to address the sources of impairment.
5) Measure and Evaluate Progress –Watershed Stewardship Reports by sub-basin will be living documents which will help develop and communicate metrics to assess progress, such as in-stream temperature, fish passage, and / or riparian shade.
6) Make Adjustments – Following assessment ecosystem function, stewardship approaches are evaluated and refined to better address the sources of water quality impairment. Steps 3 through step 6 will be repeated until forward progress toward ecosystem rehabilitation is made.
Example stewardship brochure - Shasta Basin
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