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A Citizen's Manual for Developing Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plans

Written by

Maribeth V. Gibbons
Water Environmental Services, Inc.
Harry L. Gibbons, Jr.
Mark D. Sytsma

Illustrated by

Ruth Gothenquist
WATER Environmental Services, Inc.

January, 1994
Ecology Publication 93-93
© 1994 WATER Enviromental Services


For hard copies of this publication, contact the Ecology Publications Office jewi461@ecy.wa.gov or print your own copy from the pdf file 

A Note From The Authors and Acknowledgments


     Material Covered In Manual
     A Quick Walk Through The Manual

PART I: Introduction To Aquatic Plant Management

Chapter 1, Introduction

Does Your Water Body Have an Aquatic Plant or an Algae Problem?
What Is An Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan?
When Is an IAVMP Required?

PART II: Developing A Plan

This is the heart of the manual and is divided into twelve chapters. Chapter 2 describes how a few concerned individuals can start the planning process rolling. Each of the remaining chapters (Chapters 3-13) covers a step in the process of creating an integrated aquatic vegetation management plan.

Chapter 2, Getting Started

Organization Is Key
The Steering Committee
Planning Steps Summarized

Chapter 3, Develop Problem Statement (Step A)

What Is The Problem?
How To Write A Clear Problem Statement
Example Of A Problem Statement

Chapter 4, Identify Mangement Goals (Step B)

Goal-Setting Criteria
Example Of Aquatic-Plant Management Goals

Chapter 5, Involve the Public (Step C)

The Importance of Public Involvement
Public Involvement Steps

Chapter 6, Identify Waterbody/Watershed Features (Step D)

Water Body-Watershed Connection
How To Describe The Watershed and Water Body
Getting Started In Your Search Of The Water Body
Sampling/Monitoring To Fill Data Gaps

Chapter 7, Identify Beneficial Use Areas (Step E)

How To Determine Beneficial Use Areas Of Your Water Body
Example Of Water Body Usage Map  

Chapter 8, Map Aquatic Plants (Step F)

What Is An Aquatic Plant Survey?
How To Map Aquatic Plants
Example of Aquatic Plant Map

Chapter 9, Characterize Aquatic Plants (Step G)

Example of Written Description Characterizing Aquatic Plants

Chapter 10, Investigate Control Alternatives (Step H)

Control Alternatives Available In Washington
Control Alternatives Summarized

Chapter 11, Specify Control Intensity (Step I)

What Are the Different Levels of Control?
How To Determine Levels of Control in Water Body
Example Of Control Intensity Map

Chapter 12, Choose Integrated Treatment Scenario (Step J)

The Integrated Approach - A Juggling Act
A Procedure For Choosing An Appropriate Treatment Scenario
Example Of Recommended Treatment Scenario

Chapter 13, Develop Action Program (Step K)

Putting All the Pieces Together
Components of the Action Plan
The Road Well Traveled

PART III: Implementing A Plan

Part III offers guidance on how to use an integrated aquatic vegetation plan.

Chapter 14, I Have a Plan - What’s Next?

Permits and Other Requirements
Implementation Needs Management
Monitoring Program Effectiveness
Keeping Everyone Informed

PART IV: Technical References

Appendix A: Glossary of Terms

Appendix B: Invasive, Non-native Aquatic Plant Fact Sheets (Illustrated)

Appendix C: Watershed and Limnological Background Information

Appendix D: Aquatic Plant Control Methods

Appendix E: Aquatic Weeds Management Fund (Ecology)

Appendix F: Resources and Reference

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