Habitat suitability mapping and modeling is a core component of watershed management but can be inaccurate without a complete understanding of what’s happening in your rivers and streams. A high definition stream survey (HDSS) documents entire stream corridors with comprehensive geo-referenced data and video. Replacing extrapolations and assumptions with census data provided by HDSS gives water managers a better basis for planning and decision making.
Trutta was honored to present the advantages of HDSS in a webinar hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Convention Center on July 9. This was one of a series of webinars Organized by the Training and Employee Development workgroup of the Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program. The purpose of this webinar series is to promote communication of applied skills and technologies for accomplishing the work of the USFWS. Please click the button below to view a recording of the webinar.
The webinar explains how HDSS works and shows how it resolves common challenges related to habitat surveys. It explains why HDSS is so much faster than traditional survey methods with regard to data collection. Taking the lower cost advantages of HDSS one step further, the webinar illustrates our “One Survey, Many Uses” concept. Using a real world example, we show how a single survey on the Duck River provided the data sought by multiple stakeholders from different organizations, creating data collection efficiencies that never existed before.
Call us today to learn more about why HDSS should be used as the foundation for your habitiat studies or other water management projects!