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Hi all, 
To pay back my outstanding students loans I took a job in John Day,OR. I will be back in the Fall. I will be relatively inactive but not completely during this time.

My job position is a hydrology technician GS5 with the US Forestry Service.
Many streams in the Blue Mountains have degraded as well as the environment over time due to factors such as fire, poorly designed culverts, grazing, straightening of streams, etc.
The trouble in the Blue Mts. is that this area is home to some the largest wetlands per acre in the US, but the water isn't staying in the environment long enough.
Unstable streams can result in downcutting of the channel via increase of flow velocity. In a downcut scenario, bankfull (amount of water in a stream just below where it will flow out onto the floodplain) is trapped in the channel. This lowers the watertable because of the bankfull's loss of access to he floodplain. The disconnect between the watertable and the stream prevents land from holding water. After a channel deepens it will eventually hit bedrock and respond by widening in order to have enough room to accommodate the same amount of water moving through it. But, this can cause sediment to deposit, riparian vegetation (vegetation along rim of channels) is anchored, making a channel within a channel. A circumstance like this is can change the vegetative landscape due to a lower watertable. A widening channel eventually reduces the riparian sponge, thus lower dissolved oxygen levels, less room for fish to move around, and creates more surface area for evaporation. 

Channels can also fix themselves with a little nurturing. Pointbars revegetate the floodplain to dissipate energy, floodplains with wood and rocks increase storage and provide fish habitat, secondary overflow channel have rocks and wood to catch spillover and allow water to slope back into the channel.
Good riparian zones have a rich variety of tress and habitat, litter (leaves, etc), traps sediment needed for spawning, and spongy soil has good underground root mass.
Some of the ways to fix riparian zones are removing dominating plants, removing competing vegetation to provide more water and sun for younger trees, deer browsing limitations near younger growth. 
The name of the game is to keep the water held in the environment longer. 


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ZacAvalanche Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey, thanks so much for the :llama:!  :D

I hope you'll watch my page. :la:

You might be interested to know, I have a 2,000 point giveaway going on right now where everyone wins.  You can check it out at my page!

Thanks again! :hug:

p.s. I just launched the official website for my web-comic Life with Superheroes!
I have been building it myself, so I would love to know what you think. :D
JingleRing Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
sorry for not saying this earlier thx for the llama  sorry if im late
BrittanyJustus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a problem.
JittWolfProductions Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for the llama!
Always great seeing another Banjo & Kazooie fan.  :"3

BrittanyJustus Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol Yeah, I want to more games like that. All I see are shoot-em'-ups and horror video games now.
JittWolfProductions Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Grant Kirkhope is looking to make a spiritual successor to the series, crossing our fingers for it.  :")

Roadkill-Sarny Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama!
Sareth1337 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the fav :)
MLynnK Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you ever so much for adding Autumn Road to your favorites, I really appreciate you taking the time to look at my art, and I’m very glad you found something you liked. Best wishes~
jonesblachowicz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Photographer
thank you for adding me to your watchlist!  
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