2NDNATURE continues to apply our understanding of natural systems to create meaningful and useable decision support tools to inform natural resource management decisions. Our diverse project portfolio illustrates our extensive data collection, information management and communication skills. We leverage and apply valid science to focus public dollars in order to minimize human impacts, improve water quality and enhance ecological functions throughout the landscape.
2N RAMs are complete assessment tools to inventory sites where improvements are conducted, rapidly assess relative condition, and simply report the effectiveness of improvements to protect downslope water quality or other specified program-scale objectives.
2NDNATURE provides both technical and software support to assist resource managers with identifying program performance metrics that are feasible to measure, meaningful to track and will inform continued adaptive management to meet long-term objectives to reduce human impacts on water resources.
2NDNATURE implements meaningful and informative project scale studies to measure and document the benefits of land management changes, stormwater BMPs, riparian restoration projects, fuels reduction, etc. We apply the lessons learned from project-scale evaluations to develop meaningful and useful processes and tools for managers to cost effectively and defensibly evaluate project effectiveness and adaptively manage improvements to meet long term objectives.
2NDNATURE guides regional partners to define the purpose, identify limitations, and design and implement an informative and fiscally feasible regional water quality monitoring program. Our approach ensures the final data outputs and reporting formats are explicitly defined during the experimental design process to ensure a clear link between data obtained and how the data will be used to address the desired management questions.
2NDNATURE creates tools that provide relatively accurate quantitative estimates of the benefits of natural resource improvement actions. These tools fill the continued need by funders, land managers and the public to provide quantitative and meaningful estimated benefits of our actions. 2N tools include estimations of the average annual pollutant load reductions associated with stormwater improvements, meadow and floodplain restoration, and road improvements at stream crossings. We combine our technical capabilities to leverage existing datasets and model system processes with our software programming expertise to make these tools user friendly and technically defensible.
Our team continues to define and implement feasible and meaningful monitoring efforts in coastal systems to document function and evaluate the chemical dynamics in these critical aquatic habitats at the terminus of our watersheds.
Understanding the potential climate change impacts to regional water resources is critical to the management planning process and the practice of adaptation measures. 2NDNATURE vulnerability assessments provide a useful context in which to judge the value of management actions that address existing issues by (1) focusing attention where existing problems may be exacerbated by climate changes and (2) highlighting adaptation strategies that can improve the resiliency of local systems into the future.
2NDNATURE’s specialty is bringing applied science to regional planning efforts to identify priority sources of pollutants impairing local surface or groundwater quality. Whether it is for Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Salt Nutrient Management Plans (SNMPs) or other water quality improvement planning efforts, 2NDNATURE brings defensible and well documented approaches to identify the priority actions and associated locations where the greatest benefits to receiving waters are expected.