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Project Work Plan

Department of Interior USGS GE PES and ENP CESI

Fiscal Year 2006 Study Work Plan

Study Title: Hydrologic Monitoring and Synthesis of Existing Hydrologic Data in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and Surrounding Areas
Study Start Date: 10/01/2005   Study End Date: 09/30/2007
Web Sites: n/a
Location (Subregions, Counties, Park or Refuge): Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Funding Source: USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES) and ENP Critical Ecosystems Studies Initiative (CESI)
Other Complementary Funding Source(s): n/a
Funding History: FY06
Principal Investigator(s): Roy Sonenshein
Study Personnel: Larry Richardson (FPNWR) Support staff in Ft. Lauderdale USGS office and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Supporting Organizations: Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Associated / Linked Studies:
Overview & Objective(s):
The biologic communities of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (FPNWR) and surrounding areas have been historically impacted by the changes in hydrology associated with past highway and canal construction and will be impacted by future plans for hydrologic restoration. Currently, little hydrologic data is collected in the vicinity of the FPNWR. Two continuous recording stations located up gradient in Big Cypress National Park (stations A1 and A2) are the nearest wetland stations to the FPNWR. Additional stations are located in the canals near the FPNWR. Information on current hydrologic conditions and a monitoring network are needed in order to determine the impact of the planned Picayune Strand Hydrologic Restoration on the hydrology of the area. These hydrologic changes will have effects on the threatened and endangered species as well as other biologic communities in the FPNWR.

There are two components to the hydrology of the area that have an impact on the ecology, surface water, and shallow ground water. The surface water consists of wetlands within and canals bordering the FPNWR. Canals bordering the refuge have a major impact on the hydrology in the area. The FPNWR currently maintains a hydrologic monitoring program of 8 stations (Larry Richardson, verbal communication). These hydrologic monitoring stations have not been surveyed to a vertical datum, which is required to adequately evaluate the data being collected. The survey information is required to determine the relationship between ground water and surface water in the area. Additional information needed to evaluate the hydrology of the area include stage and flow rates in the canals bordering the FPNWR.

The objectives of this project are to

  1. Inventory existing hydrologic data available in the vicinity of the FPNWR. This will include all data that can be used for determining past and current conditions.
  2. Design and install a hydrologic monitoring network for the FPNWR. The network will include continuous and intermittently monitored ground-water level and surface water stations. The network will be used to monitor hydrologic conditions within the FPNWR and to evaluate the relationship between ground water and surface water.
  3. Collect other hydrologic data as needed to assist in determining the hydrologic conditions in the area. Examples of other types of data include stable isotopes, which can be used to determine sources of water in a sample (Wilcox, Solo-Gabriele, and Sternberg, 2004), evapotranspiration data, surface and borehole geophysical data, seepage measurements (Harvey and others, 2002)
  4. Evaluate historical and current data to determine trends and baseline conditions at and in the vicinity of the FPNWR.

Specific Relevance to Major Unanswered Questions and Information Needs Identified:

This study provides the hydrologic data which will be needed to meet the following science needs and management questions from the DOI Science Plan:

  • How have water levels been altered and what are the effects of altered water levels and flows on terrestrial and freshwater wildlife habitats in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, particularly how they have affected the spread of exotic plants, wading bird feeding and nesting success, and native plant communities?
  • What is the ecological response to hydrologic change?
  • What are the anticipated effects on the threatened and endangered species in the study area?

Status: New project

Recent Products: New project

Planned Products:

  • Progress report of historical data and literature review
  • Summary progress report on design of monitoring network
  • Progress Report detailing data collection activities

WORK PLAN

Title of Task 1: Literature search
Task Funding:
USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES) and ENP Critical Ecosystems Studies Initiative (CESI)
Task Leaders: Roy Sonenshein
Phone: 954-377-5924
FAX: 954-377-5901
Task Status (proposed or active): Active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 1: October 2005 to March 2006
Task Personnel: Roy Sonenshein
Task Summary and Objectives: Literature search for historical and current data and research on FPNWR and vicinity to determine past and current hydrologic conditions and to assist in designing monitoring network

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: A literature search will be conducted in library databases and at the offices of the FPNWR to locate relevant historical information about the refuge. Important information includes historical water level and flow data and modification to the canals surrounding the refuge. This information is critical in understanding the past and current hydrology of the refuge and will help in designing a monitoring network.

Specific Task Product(s):

  • Progress report of historical data and literature review to be completed by March 2006

Title of Task 2: Design and install monitoring network
Task Funding:
USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES) and ENP Critical Ecosystems Studies Initiative (CESI)
Task Leaders: Roy Sonenshein
Phone: 954-377-5924
FAX: 954-377-5901
Task Status (proposed or active): Active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 2: January 2006 to May 2006
Task Personnel: Roy Sonenshein, Drill crew, Construction crew
Task Summary and Objectives: Design and install monitoring network to monitor current ground water and surface water conditions within and along the borders of the refuge

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: Existing hydrologic conditions will be evaluated to determine the data types and optimal design to monitor surface water flows and stage, ground-water levels, and ground-water / surface-water interactions. The existing water-level monitoring network will be evaluated to determine if it fits into the optimal design. Locations to drill new monitor wells will be determined. Locations to install stage and flow monitoring equipment in canals bordering the refuge and within the refuge will be determined. New monitoring wells will be drilled and instrumented. Wells installed near current real-time weather stations in the refuge will be connected, if feasible, to the refuge telemetry network.

Specific Task Product(s):

  • Progress report listing monitoring network design to be completed by May 31, 2006

Title of Task 3: Surveying
Task Funding:
USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES) and ENP Critical Ecosystems Studies Initiative (CESI)
Task Leaders: Roy Sonenshein
Phone: 954-377-5924
FAX: 954-377-5901
Task Status (proposed or active): Active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 3: January 2006 to September 2006
Task Personnel: Roy Sonenshein, Survey crew
Task Summary and Objectives: Survey Stations to NGVD88 using a combination of traditional surveying techniques and differential GPS equipment.

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: Differential GPS will be used to establish reference marks at key locations, traditional surveying will be used as needed to tie in all monitoring locations to the established reference marks. The establishing of reference marks can be started prior to installation of the monitoring network. Data collection can begin prior to completion of surveying.

Specific Task Product(s):

  • Progress report summarizing the results of the surveying with location and description of all reference marks to be completed by September 30, 2006

Title of Task 4: Collection and analysis of monitoring data
Task Funding:
USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES) and ENP Critical Ecosystems Studies Initiative (CESI)
Task Leaders: Roy Sonenshein
Phone: 954-377-5924
FAX: 954-377-5901
Task Status (proposed or active): Active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 4: June 2006 to June 2007
Task Personnel: Roy Sonenshein, Hydrologic technician
Task Summary and Objectives:

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: Continuous recording equipment will be operated for a minimum of one year. Data will be processed and posted on the SOFIA data exchange web site. Following FY07, it is anticipated that the monitoring network will be turned over to the FPNWR to operate. A review of the stations will be conducted to determine redundant stations to minimize the long-term expense required to operate the network.

Specific Task Product(s):

  • SOFIA data exchange web page. Initial web page will consist of a description of the monitoring network. Monitoring data for the first 12 months of operation will be posted to the web site by September 2007.

Title of Task 5: Additional data collection
Task Funding:
USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES) and ENP Critical Ecosystems Studies Initiative (CESI)
Task Leaders: Roy Sonenshein
Phone: 954-377-5924
FAX: 954-377-5901
Task Status (proposed or active): Proposed
Task priority: Medium
Time Frame for Task 5: March 2006 to June 2007
Task Personnel: Roy Sonenshein, Tarla Toomer
Task Summary and Objectives: Collect additional hydrologic and geologic data to assist in evaluating the hydrologic budget of the refuge

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: Various additional methods will be evaluated to determine if they will be useful in evaluating the hydrologic budget of the refuge. Among these techniques are seepage meters, surface and borehole geophysics, stable isotopes, evapotranspiration data, and satellite imagery.

Specific Task Product(s):

  • All data collected will be posted on the SOFIA data exchange web page and will be archived as need in other USGS databases



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