Collaborative Adaptive Management (CAM)

The goal of the collaborative adaptive management process is to improve water quality in Hinkson Creek by using a science-

based approach guided by a local stakeholder committee. It will assess the entire stream system, including the creek and other

parts of the watershed. Improving the ecosystem should help support the return of the biological community to a fully functioning

level as well as addressing other pollutants that may be contribution to water quality issues.

The Collaborative Adaptive Management (CAM) approach allows a wide range of actions to be investigated. Each of these actions is

expected to contribute to reaching the water quality goals; some of these activities may reduce peak stormwater runoff, others

may reduce the pollution in the runoff; under Collaborative Adaptive Management (CAM) both can contribute to the solution by improving the

water quality and supporting the biological community. By learning as we implement actions, we hope to find the most effective

approach(es) to address the water quality challenges in the watershed.

Lynne Hooper, graduate student of Dr. Jason Hubbart conducts physical habitat assessment on Hinkson Creek