Photo Monitoring Program
Monitoring sites with photographic records helps the Hualapai Department of Natural Resources to watch for any detectable changes over time in landscape that would give historical record of erosion, spring flow, expanded or decreased vegetation growth, impact from human or animal activities. Photo documentation gives baseline supporting information for current conditions and describes normal, abnormal, or catastrophic events.
In addition to field sampling of water quality parameters, photo monitoring is a vital component of our wetlands monitoring program. Documentation of each spring site is recorded on each visit. Other details captured with photo monitoring include; the presence of macro invertebrates, fish, birds, wildlife and aqua fauna.
Measurable objectives for selected sites may include analysis of the hardiness and elasticity of wetlands over time from climatic or catastrophic weather events such as flash flooding, recording the recovering process from grazing and trampling impacts, or measuring stream bank cover over time.
The Water Resources Program Manager can use photo monitoring as a basis for determining impacts from wildlife, domestic livestock and feral animals, and for the best mitigation strategies to manage water quality and ecosystem health.
Landscape photos give a representative view of the area and feature a distinctive landmark in the background to aid in taking follow-up photos in the future.
Photo monitoring may show changes in riparian habitat loss or invasive species growth which are used in future mitigation procedures.
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