Vernal p l definiti n pool definition A mini ecosystem that plays out every spring. A small but dynamic, wetland y that fills with water, blossoms with lif and hosts a cacophony of sounds and fe a plethora of life forms every spring, o to disappear into the forest floor only every autumn.
OEC s Vernal Pool ProgramOEC’s Vernal Pool Program » Ohio Vernal Pool Partnership (w/listserv) (www.ovpp.org) » Curriculum » Educational video Educational video » Field guide » Workshops » On‐line database » Waders in the water Waders in the water » VP smart phone app!!
VP monitoring appVP monitoring app » Look up amphibians known to a county » Record time, temperature, wind, p and precipitation dataplay » Document landowner and observer information » Log species and number » Provide a checklist of tools to bring to the vernal pool » Record disturbances » Send a report via email to the user and the OEC for submission into database » Have frog and toad calls on it » Data emailed to you and OEC and much more!
Ohio EPA 401 water quality certification program» Deve eloper/individual must apply for a permit to impa a wetland act» If we etland is one acre or more an individual p mit perm is required q» Must meet certain criteria» Avoid, minimalization, mitigation » Mitigation to “replace” what is impacted
Ohio EPA 401 water quality certification program » Not 1 100% successful » Mitigation banks are not replacing wetlands that are impacted » 2006 study revealed: » ~82% “poor” or “fair” quality poor fair » ~18% “good” quality » “Pond-breeding salamanders and forest dependent frog species were nearly absent…” Overrall: “12 banks assessed in Ohio, 3 were most successful, 5 were tly successful succ cessful in some areas but failed in other area and 4 were mostly failed.” as,OEPA
Solutions: Keep vigilant in your community» Sign up to mailing list » Contact Chris Bowman at: » 614-644-2052 or firstname.lastname@example.org » Let him know you want to sign up for the 401 application notices for X county.» Subm comments (team up with your local mit wate h d group) tershed )
Do s Do’sBring a cell phoneGo to the vernal pool during the day to plan your routeBring a flashlight with back up batteriesBring wading boots or chest wadersBring your cameraBring monitoring formsBring compassBring frog and toad call CDBring ear p g g plugs
Do s Do’sAsk for permission to be on the properrtyBring a friendcontamination callifthe Ohio it. If you see a spillor Do pick up trash you see EPA. eDo bring a small aquarium.Send a copy of the data to OECDo call the policeDo have a blast!
Don ts Don’tsx Don’t Trespassx Don’t drink the water or eat berries, mushroo oms, etc.x Don’t literx Don’t use hand sanitizer or lotion before goin into the pool ngx Don’t handle amphibians with dry handsx Don’t take anything home with you-intentiona or unintentionally allyx Don t Don’t disturb egg massesAlso…
Tips T when monitoring» If at night » Once get to the vernal pool cut your flashlight and wait a minute to listen to the o frogs » H ld fl hli ht over th water for a minute- Hold flashlight the t f i t fairy shrimp love that! »S Sometimes i takes a minute f your ey i it k i for yes to adjust and for the macros to come ou of ut their hiding places.
Clean off equipment and suppliesLimit the spread of undesirable organisms from m one vernal pool to anotherWith a sturdy brush, pre‐rinse and scrub the wa y ,p aders and boots with water to remove excess debris (ex. caked on mud).Using a bleach and water solution (one capful p per every gallon of water) scrub the items. When done rinse the equipment with water and let air dry. If you can still smell bleach after the items are dry, rinse and hang dry again.Do not empty the rinse water near a water body (stream creek river wetland) Do not empty the rinse water near a water body (stream, creek, river, wetland).
OEC s on-line OEC’s on line database» Chec to see if any vernal pools are monitored in ck your area r area.» If a vernal pool may be impacted contact us to v see if it has/is being monitored i» Send a copy of your data to us. d
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