Rapid Bio-Assessments

Rapid Bio-Assessments (RBA) are conducted on a sub-basin scale, while most of our projects are developed on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood, or creek-by-creek basis. We believe that long-term ecological change must be grounded in local values. Landowners are contacted by phone for permission to conduct a snorkel-based Rapid Bio-Assessment (RBA) at the sub-basin scale. Next, we convene neighborhood meetings to share results and learn more about local watershed dynamics from landowners. Over the past five years, this approach has allowed us to partner with more than 200 landowners to eliminate 30 fish passage barriers, re-establish 60 acres of riparian plants, and enhance floodplain quality and connectivity along 12 miles of cutthroat trout streams in four sub-basins of Marys River.