A watershed assessment is a survey or inventory of natural and cultural resources within a watershed along with an analysis of how landscape and hydrologic systems function within the watershed (Community Watershed Assessment Handbook 2003). Assessment is a critical step in adaptive management cycle.
Watershed assessment provides guidance in identifying potential problems or concerns in watersheds by observing and evaluating how various land uses affect the environmental and economic health of a watershed. Identification of problems allows for the development of proper management strategies. After these strategies are implemented, further monitoring leads to data that can be used to assess the effectiveness of these management strategies. Thus, watershed assessment improves the management of watersheds for identified goals such as improved fisheries production.
CWPAP Assessment Strategies
Scale of Assessment
Manuals and Protocols