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Maryland's Surf Your Watershed

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All information you provide on this form is for the use of MD DNR to enable us to serve you more efficiently and to provide you with information about Maryland's watersheds. It is public information and may be shared with non-governmental third parties and is open for public inspection. You have the right to inspect, amend or correct the personal records you give us on this form. To do so please contact Kevin Coyne at kjcoyne@dnr.state.md.us or by phone at 410-260-8985.

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What is Maryland's "Surf Your Watershed"?

The Surf Your Watershed project is a cooperative effort involving the Maryland Departments of Environment (MDE) and Natural Resources (DNR) to "catalog" important environmental, socioeconomic, and programmatic information on a watershed basis. The goal of the project is to develop a data base in which natural resources and biological information (including hydrologic, hydraulic, and water quality); bibliographic references; contacts, programs and activity descriptions; and other data can coexist and be easily obtained for watershed management, planning, and natural resource conservation programs and projects.

What types of information will be included?

Currently there are four primary areas of activity for Surf Your Watershed: (1) the development of watershed level indicators that characterize the conditions of Maryland's watershed from environmental and socioeconomic perspectives; (2) the cataloging of important DNR and MDE sponsored research and assessment efforts by watershed; (3) the identification of public and private stakeholder groups at work within watersheds; and (4) the description of specific DNR and natural resource projects within watersheds.

How will the information be organized?

The information contained in the data base will be cataloged to one or more of Maryland's "8 digit" watershed cataloging units. These units, of which there are 138 statewide, provide the organizing framework for information contained in the State's Unified Watershed Assessment, 305B Report , and other statewide and regional efforts.

Who is it intended to benefit?

State and local planning agencies, natural resource and environmental managers, tributary teams, watershed and environmental groups and the public can all benefit from having access to a single, comprehensive source of important natural resource and socioeconomic information.

How can I help?

You can help by providing feedback on the types of information you would like to see included by filling out the following questionnaire.

THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT!!!


(1) WATERSHED CONDITION AND STRESS INDICATORS - Information has been collected to describe the current conditions of natural resources and the current or potential stresses on these resources on a watershed by watershed basis. For each of the following issue areas, please rate the utility of including specific data (i.e., - watershed indicators) in the data base for your agency, organization or interests (5 = extremely useful, 3 = useful, 1 = not important).

Measures of ...

Non-Point Source Pollution (e.g. - nutrient loadings, soil erodibility, unbuffered waterways, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Aquatic Habitat and Living Resources (e.g. - SAV distribution, fish and benthic community conditions, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Terrestrial Habitat and Living Resources (e.g. - forest and wetland resource distribution, forest fragmentation, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Conservation of Biological Diversity (e.g. - sensitive species and other habitats, interior forest conditions, natural heritage areas, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Viability of Resource-Based Industry (e.g. - average farm size, average size of forested parcels, prime/productive agricultural soils, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Disruption to Hydrologic Processes (e.g. - impervious surfaces, road/stream crossings, fish blockages, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Recreation and Ecotourism (e.g. - state and local recreational resources, greenways and trails, water access, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

(2) WATERSHED STUDIES, ASSESSMENTS, PLANS AND REPORTS - Collectively, DNR and MDE develop or are responsible for the development of a wide variety of resource assessments, studies, reports aimed at characterizing the condition of and stresses on the state's natural resources. Please rate the utility of including descriptive, bibliographic summary information (including contact for complete document) for each of the following categories of documents for your agency, organization or interests (5 = extremely useful, 3 = useful, 1 = not important).

Bibliographic summary information of ...

Watershed and Waterway Inventories and Assessments (e.g. - tributary basin annual reports, Scenic River studies, flood studies, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Biological and Ecological Inventories and Assessments (e.g. - Maryland Biological Stream Survey studies, Natural Heritage Inventories, wildlife assessments, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Geological Inventories and Reports (e.g. - county topo and geologic maps, mineral resource investigations, geologic and archeologic studies, guidebooks, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Public Lands Inventories, Assessments and Plans (e.g. - state park master plans, state forest resource management plans, CBNERR management plans, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Environmental Impact Assessments (e.g. - SHA road construction, dredging proposals, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Monitoring Reports (e.g. - Maryland Water Monitoring Council reports, Save Our Streams, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Local Plans and Reports (e.g. - county comprehensive plans, open space and recreation plans, land use plans and studies, sensitive areas protection, growth management, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

(3) WATERSHED STAKEHOLDERS AND INTEREST GROUPS - The information contained in the watershed data base is of potential use to a number of different audiences in the public and private sectors. It is our desire to include basic information (contact name, geographic area of interest, etc.) on these groups in the data base. If you are a member of or would like to recommend including one or more watershed or environmental stakeholder groups with a specific geographic area of interest, please provide the information listed below. The groups will be contacted directly to request permission and for more detailed information.

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(4) WATERSHED CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION PROJECTS - The Department of Natural Resources and the Department of the Environment administer a broad range of resource management and protection programs. Many of these efforts result in specific, resource conservation and restoration projects in given watersheds of the State. Please rate the utility of having access to summary information (location, nature of project, contact name, etc.) on these projects for your agency, organization or interests (5 = extremely useful, 3 = useful, 1 = not important).

Summary project information for ...

Wetland Creation, Restoration, Mitigation Projects (e.g. - state administered wetland restoration projects)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Public Lands Resource Planning Projects (e.g. - active park master planning efforts, forest or wildlife management area planning efforts)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Resource Inventories or Assessments (e.g. - Coastal Bays assessment, specialized trib basin assessments, etc.)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Conservation and Restoration Targeting Efforts (e.g. - identifying locations for potential stream restoration, wetland restoration/creation, or forest/buffer restoration)
not important .... 1   2   3   4   5   .... extremely useful

Other (please indicate type of projects) - maximum of 200 characters



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