Ditch Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Meadow Name: 
Ditch Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
2,737m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Moderately Impacted
Gullies: 
Natural Condition
Total Bank Stability: 
Slightly Impacted
Vegetation Cover: 
Natural Condition
Bare Ground: 
Natural Condition
Encroachment: 
Moderately Impacted
Assessment Points: 
19
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
1
Ponds Present: 
No
Aspen Trees Present: 
Yes
Beavers: 
No
Fish Observed: 
Yes
Grazing and Cattle
Grazing Trails: 
No
Stubble: 
No
Dung in Channel: 
No
Hoof Prints on Banks: 
No
Human Impacts
Trail: 
No
Evidence of OHV use: 
No
Road: 
No
Corral: 
No
Building: 
No
Vehical Access: 
No
Adjacent Land Use
Adjacent Culvert: 
No
Adjacent Bridge: 
No
Adjacent Road: 
No
Adjacent Building: 
No
Coverage
Gopher Disturbance: 
0%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
3%
Comments
General Comments: 
Wilderness setting: 6 miles on trail, 4 miles off trail. Main channel is deep with steep vegetated sides. Encroachment is more extensive on northern-side of meadow. There is a side channel lining the west side of meadow. This channel's depth and width would be in category 4, but we didn't score it as a secondary channel because there was less volume than the main channel. It would be helpful to examine historic photos for meadow extent to better determine encroachment. Meadow located in the mountainous high Sierras. Hydrogeomorphic types include Riparian low gradient and discharge slope on the eastern side of the meadow.

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