Characterize the Hydrogeomorphology and Thermal Patterns of Wood RVR & Tribs to Support Habitat Restoration & Anadromous Salmonid Reintroduction FY2014

Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)

Recovery Domains -
Start Date10/05/2015
End Date09/30/2016
Last Edited05/08/2024
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The Klamath Tribes used PCSRF funds to perform a hydrogeomorphic assessments of the Wood River sub-basin. The study helped determine habitat suitability for reintroduction of anadromous salmonids. The work identified opportunities for habitat restoration or enhancement. A clear understanding of the condition and geomorphic processes at work in the Wood River was gained by the Klamath Tribes. The information gathered for this project is summarized in a final completion report that provides a strong basis for targeted habitat restoration efforts in the Wood River sub-basin.

Project Benefit    

(1) Explore and evaluate hydrogeomorphic habitat types in the Wood River. Like many of the Upper Klamath tributaries, the Wood River and its tributaries are largely low gradient with a simplified fine grained bed, unlike typical gravel bed salmon streams. Field reconnaissance will focus on sediment characterization, habitat unit mapping, channel health, migration impediments, riparian vegetation and sources of impairment such as levees. Detailed study sites will be established in representative reaches to assess geomorphic conditions such as channel plan form, longitudinal profile, grain size distribution and sediment transport dynamics. In spring areas specific attention will be paid to areas of upwelling water. (2) Characterize thermal patterns and variability in Wood River and its tributaries. Positive relationships between suitable spawning and rearing areas and appropriate temperature ranges for egg incubation, hatching, and juvenile rearing are likely important determinants of successful spawning and recruitment by reintroduced anadromous salmonids. This part of the project will characterize thermal habitat patterns and variability of the Wood river. Several thermographs will be deployed to develop a long record of water temperature with special attention focused on defining areas of thermal variability and upwelling. The project will also utilize Thermal Infared Radiometry (TIR) data collected for the Wood River basin in the summer of 2013 to characterize large scale thermal conditions, patterns and to identify suitable thermal habitat. (3) Accurately describe the geomorphic setting and processes to evaluate the potential for habitat restoration projects. Habitat and thermal data collected in the field will be analyzed to better describe the geomorphic setting and identify key processes driving channel dynamics. This information can help identify reaches that are not functioning properly and may need restoration actions. Existing restoration projects will e identified and discussed within the geomorphic context. This project is a continuation of a PCSRF funded tribal program to carefully assess all upper basin streams for potential salmonid habitat. This program and this project are a necessary precursor to implementing priority salmonid habitat restoration and reintroduction efforts identified in the KBRA.


Metric Completed Originally
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 39.50 31.00

Funding Details

Report Total:$121,843

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Wood River watershed    

  • Worksite Identifier: Wood River watershed
  • Start Date: 10/05/2015
  • End Date:
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath (180102)
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  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain:
  • Latitude: 42.58890966821998
  • Longitude: -121.93815994367218


  • Upper Klamath / Trinity Rivers Chinook Salmon ESU




  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 121,843.00
    •      . . E.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
    •      . . E.0.c
      Project identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
    •      . . E.0.d.1 Number of Cooperating Organizations 0
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 1
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) habitat assessment in the Wood River Valley, Oregon
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 121,843.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 39.50
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 78,566.0
      •      . . . . E.1.b.3 Square miles of water monitored122.76 (Square miles)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.11 Habitat condition monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.11.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for habitat condition 39.50
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.11.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored 140,800.0
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program