Developing a Monitoring Investment Strategy

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project ID13-1024 R
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date02/15/2013
End Date12/31/2013
Last Edited05/08/2024
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Independent review of SRFBs existing monitoring strategy. Final product was a Monitoring Investment Strategy with specific Recommendations for Implementation. The iterative process of this project allowed a monitoring sub-committee to work with the consultant for the development of a framework. A series of interviews between the consultant and those individuals involved in some form of monitoring took place late spring and early summer of 2013. Following a presentation given by the consultants to the SRFB in Dayton WA in Ocotber of 2013, a SRFB sub-comittee was convened in order to address the recommnedations. This SRFB sub committee met twice before the December 2013 meeting. A process as defined to help facilitate and implement these recommendations and the SRFB sub-committee will meet again prior to the March 2014 meeting to discuss this process.

Project Benefit    

A Monitoring Investment Strategy with Recommendations for Implementation


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

Report Total:$85,000

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  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Stillwater
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Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound (171100)
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 47.03735738
  • Longitude: -122.89871816


  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU




  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 85,000.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 42,000,000.0
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 85,000.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.7 Developing monitoring plans or sampling protocolsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.7.a
          Name of plan developed
          Stillwater Sciences, December 2013, Monitoring Investment Strategy for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, 108 NW Ninth Avenue, #202 Portland, OR 97209
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.7.b
          Description and scope of the plan developed
          The purpose of this report was to provide an independent review of the existing monitoring strategy of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB, or “the Board”) and to offer recommendations and alternatives that could improve and update this monitoring strategy. This work has been carried out by scientists from Stillwater Sciences (Drs. Jody Lando and Derek Booth) and Cardno/ENTRIX (Stephen Ralph), under contract to the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office (GSRO), an agency created by the State Legislature in 1999 and presently within Washington State’s Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). This review was developed in coordination with RCO and GSRO staff and was based on reports and prior reviews of the monitoring of salmon-recovery efforts in Washington State since the late 1990s The SRFB Strategic Plan (Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, n.d.) articulates three overarching goals for the work of the Board: funding the best salmon-recovery efforts (Goal 1), maintaining accountability (Goal 2), and promoting public support for salmon recovery (Goal 3). Monitoring activities are primarily embraced within Goal 2: “Be accountable for board investments by promoting public oversight, effective projects, and actions that result in the economical and efficient use of resources.” (p. 2 of the SRFB Strategic Plan) With respect to the Monitoring Strategy, this goal is further expanded: “Monitoring Strategy: Provide accountability for board funding by ensuring the implementation of board-funded projects and assessing their effectiveness, participate with other entities in supporting and coordinating state-wide monitoring efforts, and use monitoring results to adaptively manage board funding policies.” This goal invokes four themes—that of promoting the effectiveness of Board-funded activities (which is also the primary focus of Goal 1), demonstrating accountability for the expenditure of public funds in pursuit of salmon recovery, working collaboratively with other entities to support monitoring, and embracing the principles of adaptive management. These themes are interrelated, because ultimately the most compelling justification for taking action is that it produces the intended outcome and materially improves future actions.