Ecology

Ecology focuses on flora and fauna. Flora reduces peak flows through evaporation and uptakes nutrients. An overview of the fauna can give and idea of water quality issues. Some fauna may be detrimental to the site.

Diversity and coverage - reviews plant migration and plant survivability. The review should include plant growth measured in percent coverage or spread across the soil media. This inspection is done visually.
   When: On a seasonal basis.
   Where: On site.

Nutrient Up-Take - method of determining the amount of nutrients being absorbed by native plant species with proven phyto-remediation capabilities via experimental application.
    When: Roots and shoots should be collected on a seasonal basis.
   Where: Sampled from various locations within the SCM.

Macro Invertebrates - identification and count of insects via sweep net or visual inspection to the lowest taxonomy, abundance, habitat and functional feeding group.
   When: On a seasonal basis.
  
Where: On site.

Vertebrates - a visual survey or bio-assessment of migratory birds and other and other predatory animals who may find habitat amidst a SCM.
   When: On a seasonal basis.
  
Where: On site.