Habitat Enhancement Effectiveness - Biological Monitoring & Evaluation VI

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

Monitoring Research
Project ID17-Umat-03
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date06/01/2018
End Date06/30/2022
Year2017
StatusOngoing
Last Edited04/14/2022
 
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Description    


Under the sixth year of this project, increased monitoring and research efforts for Meacham Creek will include extensive surveying of juvenile salmonid abundance during the summer and fall, increased PIT tagging of juveniles throughout the system to monitor outmigration and survival, and continuation of a longterm macroinvertebrate study along with continued habitat monitoring. The ability to detect biological changes in response to habitat restoration is critical for determining habitat quantity and quality, and to understand what particular restoration action or suite of actions yield the greatest fish response.

This funding will also purchase an RTK GPS rover unit along with a corresponding field data collector to increase field habitat data collection efficiency at larger scales. large extent of the Umatilla Tribes habitat restoration projects past and future on Meacham Creek in the Umatilla Basin, OR watershed requires a larger scale monitoring approach than is currently funded under BPA in order to measure a biological response.

Three sample sites have been selected for monitoring to represent two large restoration efforts in Meacham Creek; a control site, a post-treatment site representative of the 2012 Phase II River Mile 6.0-8.5 Floodplain project, and a pre-treatment site for the proposed 2016-2017 Bonifer Reach Floodplain project. Appendices A and B document all of CTUIR’s monitored restoration projects and their associated monitoring site locations. The Umatilla Tribes strategy uses regionally standardized habitat protocols (Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program (CHaMP) and BPA’s Action Effectiveness Monitoring (AEM) ) combined into a comprehensive protocol to monitor CTUIR fish habitat action effectiveness (https://www.monitoringresources.org/Document/Protocol/Details/1955). Habitat surveys consist of a simultaneous topographical and auxiliary data survey. CHaMP methods provide standardized metrics that can be used to measure response variables in salmonid habitat.

Specific work under Part I includes:

• Review the PHaMS and CHaMP methods and protocols
• Gain insight from other experts on our approach
• Develop a crosswalk between PHaMS and CHaMP methods and protocols
• Identify methodological and data gaps
• Select field sites where a comparison between PHaMS and CHaMP methods and protocols can be carried out to provide insight into their generalizability (WC)
• Continued habitat monitoring of three sample locations within Meacham Creek (permanent technician time funded by BPA, survey equipment rental funded by PCSRF).
• Juvenile salmonid abundance surveys at each sample site during summer and fall seasons (permanent technicians funded by BPA, temporary technicians funded by PCSRF).
• Redd abundance surveys and carcass counts for spring Chinook and summer steelhead conducted throughout the tributary March-September.
• Continuation of Meacham macroinvertebrate study through OSU subcontract (PCSRF funded). Completion of Phase 1 of the CHaMP/PHaMS methodology review (PCSRF funded).

Project Benefit    


The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is implementing a habitat restoration program with emphasis on reducing the effects of primary limiting factors (i.e. water temperature and habitat complexity) and restoring natural ecological processes. Biomonitoring sample sites have been selected for evaluating a biological response to habitat restoration; and the expected benefit is to improve habitat quality for adult holding and spawning, and juvenile rearing of fish species of interest. Monitoring habitat in parallel with fish surveys can provide valuable information regarding fish/habitat relationships . Specifically, we’ll study the response of juvenile fish density, growth, migration timing, and survival to habitat restoration at three sites located in Meacham Creek.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 19.00

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$50,000
Other$55,461
Report Total:$105,461


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Worksites

Meacham Creek    


  • Worksite Identifier: Meacham Creek
  • Start Date: 06/01/2018
  • End Date: 03/31/2021
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.64654
  • Longitude: -118.3606

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Un-Named ESU Bull Trout

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Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding .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
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored
      •      . . . . E.1.b.3 Square miles of water monitored (Square miles)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.2 Salmonid smolt or fry monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.2.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Salmonid smolt or fry
      •      . . . . E.1.c.3 Biological instream monitoring (other than salmon)Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.3.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Biological indicies (other than salmon)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.4 Redd countsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.4.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for redds
      •      . . . . E.1.c.5 Carcass countsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.5.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Carcasses
      •      . . . . E.1.c.8 Water quality monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.8.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) of stream monitored for water quality
      •      . . . . E.1.c.13 Restoration effectiveness monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.13.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) of stream or streambank monitored
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.13.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored
      •      . . . . E.1.c.14 Restoration validation monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.14.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) stream or streambank monitored
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.14.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
        •      . . . . E.1.e
          Description of monitoring
      •      . . E.2 ResearchY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . E.2.a Research Funding
        •      . . . . E.2.b.1 Modeling and data analysisY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . E.2.b.1.a
            Key issues addressed by modeling and data analysis research
        •      . . . . E.2.b.5 Habitat attribute studyY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . E.2.b.5.a
            Key issues addressed by habitat attribute research