WareShoalsDam_markemark4onFlickrRecently the USFWS Fisheries Program developed a watershed tool which with the intent of helping Fisheries target areas where resources could be allocated. The Fisheries’ tool ranked 8 digit HUC watersheds based on a suite of variables. Among those variables are characteristics of impairment which the Fisheries Program has funding to address such as fish passage barriers, aquatic habitat restoration, and aquatic invasive species.

Since Fisheries shared their tool there have been questions about the choice of variables and the ranking for specific watersheds compared to other tools. There have also be questions about other such tools with various geographic areas, different choices of variables, and various levels of completion. These questions and discussions are valuable as they help refine and construct better and more useful tools. To continue this conversation, we are announcing the Watershed Decision Tool Information Series.

Please consider participating in a conversation about the wide array of watershed tools and prioritization methods that are being used or could be used in the Southeast United States to assist with habitat and species conservation actions.

Below are the presentations that we currently have planned.  All presentations will begin at noon Eastern unless otherwise specified and will be 1 hour including Q&A.

1)  Presenter: Jan Dean (FWS).  Title: Fisheries Watershed Tool.” Date: 21 January 2015 at 12:00 PM ET.

2)  Presenter: Emily Granstaff (FWS).  Title: The Southeast Aquatic Connectivity Assessment Project (SEACAP) Tool.” Date: 11 February 2015 at 12:00 PM ET.

3)  Presenter: Mark Endries (FWS).  Title: MaxEnt in North Carolina USFWS Ecological Services.” Date:  04 March 2015 at 12:00 PM ET.

4)  Presenter: Mark Scott (SCDNR).  Title: South Carolina Stream Assessment Tool.” Date:  25 March 2015 at 12:00 PM ET.

5)  Presenter: Jeff Powell (FWS).  Title: Strategic Habitat Units and Strategic River Reach Units in Alabama“. Date:  15 April 2015 at 12:00 PM ET.

 Each presentation will cover the following general information and will be followed by a discussion.
  • Impetus for the tool (why did you/ team create this tool)?
  • How was the tool developed? (data sources, development team)
  • What does the tool do? (product, geographic scale, how it is used)
  • Who is using the tool? (e.g., FWS, State, NGO)
  • Can the tool be shared/ how is it available? (e.g., published, tech reports, url).
 Please note that call-in and WebEx information has changed as of the March 25th webinar.

Meeting Number: 746 893 440

Meeting Password: W@tersh3d 

Call-in No.: 1-866-744-9870  (US)
Attendee passcode: 4748621

Please note that you will now need to enter a password to login to the webex; you can copy and paste it from this email above (highlight the password and press <Ctrl+C>) then click on the link to join the meeting below and paste (<Ctrl+V>) in the password field of the login dialog box.

If for some reason the “join the online meeting” link below does not work, you can always point your web browser to https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa and enter the meeting number and password above, which will remain the same throughout the series.
To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!)
1. Go to https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/j.php?MTID=m1b81bc2917c1026a94826844e5d508ea
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: W@tersh3d
4. Click “Join”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. 

It is our hope to add presentations by many other agencies and organizations as we move forward. If you have or know about a prioritization tool that you think would be a good fit with this series, please contact Jeff Herod or John Faustini.  We are looking for watershed tools that rank, prioritize, or categorize features and species within a watershed context for the purpose of supporting decisions on where work or resources should be focused. This series is open to your partners who you work with that might have a tool or approach they would like to share.

Webinar Series Organizers

Jeffrey J. Herod
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region
Ecological Services Program
Division of Restoration and Recovery
1875 Century Blvd., Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30345-3386
(P) 404.679.4151
(C) 404.416.9488
(E) jeffrey_herod@fws.gov
John Faustini
Regional Hydrologist
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region
1875 Century Blvd., Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30345-3386
(P) 404.679.7301
(E) john_faustini@fws.gov


Jeffrey Herod is the Regional Sikes Act Coordinator and FWS Liaison to the Air Force. Jeff took his current position in Ecological Services after working with Region 4 Fisheries Program as the Regional Aquatic Invasive Species and Fisheries Information System coordinator from 2010-2014. While with Fisheries, he participated as part of the Team that drafted the Watershed Decision Tool. In his current position, Jeff provides support for Sikes Act reporting and to several FWS Programs for the implementation of the collaborative conservation partnership with Air Force.

John Faustini is the Regional Hydrologist for the Southeast Region, providing coordination and technical support for Ecological Services, Fisheries, and Refuges on issues such as inventory and monitoring of aquatic resources, assessing instream flow needs to protect T&E species, and assessing threats to aquatic trust resources from development and climate change. He also works closely with key partners such as SE Region LCCs and the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) on landscape scale aquatic conservation planning.