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BASIS # 23029IM32

Title Pre-development Monitoring of Avifauna and Vegetation at Lower Kingman Island in the Anacostia River, Washington, D.C.

Project Description USGS PWRC has been a lead player documenting the pre-and post-reconstruction status of urban freshwater tidal wetlands and associated uplands in the Anacostia River, Washington, D.C.  Since the District of Columbia Department of Environmental Health (D.C.) in conjunction with the Baltimore District of the Corps of Engineers (COE) are planning to modify portions of Lower Kingman Island (LKI) which lies along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., they have requested this project and have made funding available to document the predevelopment birdlife and vegetation there. Even though the project area lies within the Kingman Lake boundary, this task will be written as a separate entity from SIS 4110 (Kingman Marsh system) since it mostly involves uplands. The task is to provide a pre-construction inventory of birds and plants for habitat assessment as well as help decide what existing vegetation should be removed or, on the other hand, minimally disturbed as part of development plans for the island.  Considerable portions of the approximately 15 acre island will be redesigned and landscaped for wildlife habitat and compatible public use.

Keywords tidal wetlands, urban, freshwater, Anacostia River, Lower Kingman Island, Chesapeake Bay, pre-reconstruction, post-reconstruction, avifauna, vegetation

Principal Investigator Richard Hammerschlag, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: Richard_Hammerschlag@usgs.gov

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