Standard 2. Riparian and wetland areas are in properly functioning condition. Stream channel morphology and functions are appropriate to soil type, climate and landform.
a) Streambank vegetation consisting of, or showing a trend toward, species with root masses capable of withstanding high streamflow events. Vegetative cover adequate to protect stream banks and dissipate streamflow energy associated with high‑ water flows, protect against accelerated erosion, capture sediment, and provide for groundwater recharge.
b) Vegetation reflecting: Desired Plant Community, maintenance of riparian and wetland soil moisture characteristics, diverse age structure and composition, high vigor, large woody debris when site potential allows, and providing food, cover and other habitat needs for dependent animal species.
c) Revegetating point bars; lateral stream movement associated with natural sinuosity; channel width, depth, pool frequency and roughness appropriate to landscape position. d) Active floodplain.
Standard 3. Desired species, including native, threatened, endangered, and special status-species, are maintained at a level appropriate for the site and species involved.
a) Frequency, diversity, density, age classes, and productivity of desired native species necessary to ensure reproductive capability and survival.
b) Habitats connected at a level to enhance species survival.
c) Native species reoccupy habitat niches and voids caused by disturbances unless management objectives call for introduction or maintenance of normative species.
d) Appropriate amount, type, and distribution of vegetation reflecting the presence of (1) the Desired Plant Community [DPC], where identified in a land use plan conforming to these Standards, or (2) where the DPC is identified a community that equally sustains the desired level of productivity and properly functioning ecological processes.
Standard 4. BLM will apply and comply with water quality standards established by the State of Utah (R.317‑2) and the Federal Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts. Activities on BLM Lands will fully support the designated beneficial uses described in the Utah Water Quality standards (R.317‑2) for surface and groundwater.1
As indicated by:
a) Measurement of nutrient loads, total dissolved solids, chemical constituents, fecal coliform, water temperature and other water quality parameters.
b) Macro‑invertebrate communities that indicate water quality meets aquatic objectives.
1 BLM will continue to coordinate monitoring water quality activities with other Federal, State and technical agencies.