Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation

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

Monitoring
Project ID012 17 CW
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date03/23/2018
End Date05/31/2021
Year2017
StatusCompleted
Last Edited04/15/2022
 
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Description    


The Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation project is a long-term monitoring effort to assess the effectiveness of habitat restoration efforts within the Potlatch River, Idaho. The project is conducted annually by IDFG personnel and provides data on wild steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) production and productivity in index watersheds, a monitoring component for restoration projects, and an effective method for identifying additional restoration projects. IDFG operated weirs, instream PIT-tag detection systems, and rotary screw traps to monitor the annual abundance and life history characteristics of steelhead. Habitat and electrofishing surveys were also conducted to monitor rearing habitat conditions and juvenile steelhead production metrics in treatment and control areas. During the reporting period (2018-2021), IDFG documented several important findings: 1) positive trends in emigrant age structure, growth, and survival in the East Fork Potlatch River during recent treatment years, 2) increases in juvenile steelhead growth and survival in response to a flow supplementation project, and 3) upstream expansion in adult steelhead spawning distribution following a culvert modification project. Once restoration goals are achieved, IDFG estimates a 10 year post-treatment monitoring period will be needed to gather data through multiple steelhead life cycles to detect changes in steelhead productivity related to restoration efforts.

Project Benefit    


This project continues IDFG’s umbrella watershed monitoring program for the Potlatch River, which is an Intensively Monitored Watershed. The framework of the Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Project (PRSME) provides: 1) data on Potlatch River steelhead production and productivity on multiple scales (index drainages to individual stream reaches), 2) a monitoring component for the numerous habitat restoration projects currently being implemented, 3) an effective and efficient method for identifying additional high priority and high reward habitat restoration projects in the Potlatch River basin, and 4) valuable monitoring in Lower Mainstem Clearwater River population, Clearwater Major Population Group (MPG). The PRSME is intended to provide long-term effectiveness monitoring for restoration actions implemented as directed by the Potlatch River Watershed Management Plan.


Project objectives:

1. Assess steelhead production and productivity within the Potlatch River basin

a) Determine juvenile steelhead outmigration timing and emigration rate

b) Estimate adult steelhead escapement

c) Establish juvenile recruits/female spawner productivity relationships


2. Provide habitat effectiveness monitoring for restoration projects within the Potlatch River basin

a) Monitor juvenile steelhead production (density, survival and growth) in treatment and control tributaries in focus watersheds under a before-after-control-impact (BACI) framework.

b) Monitor changes in habitat variables associated with habitat restoration actions in each basin

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 202.90 202.90

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$397,503
Other$134,960
Report Total:$532,463


Project Map



Worksites

WS #1 East Fork Potlatch River    


  • Worksite Identifier: WS #1 East Fork Potlatch River
  • Start Date: 05/01/2018
  • End Date: 05/01/2021
Area Description
East Fork Potlatch River - subwatershed. 4th Field HUC 17060306, 6th Field HUC 170603060709

Location Information

  • Basin: Clearwater
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.798072
  • Longitude: -116.426135

ESU

  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 212,985.00
    •      . . 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 1
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      IDFG- Nampa Research
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 16
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      Dobos, M. E., M. Davison, J. T. Fortier, B. A. Knoth, and E. J. Stark. 2019. Idaho adult steelhead monitoring, 2018 annual report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 19-06. BPA Project 1991-055-00, Boise. Dobos, M. E., M. Davison, J. T. Fortier, B. A. Knoth, and E. J. Stark. 2020. Idaho adult steelhead monitoring. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 2019 Annual Report 20-08, Boise. Smith, N., M.E. Dobos, M. Davison, B. A. Knoth, and E. J. Stark. In review. Idaho adult steelhead monitoring. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 2020 Annual Report 21-XX, Boise. Poole J.R., E. Felts, M. Dobos, B. Barnett, M. Davison, M. Dobos, C. Roth. B.A. Knoth, E.J. Stark. 2019. Idaho anadromous emigrant monitoring, 2018 annual report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 19-11, Boise. Feeken S.F., B. Barnett, E. Felts, E.J. Stark, M. Davison, J.R. Poole, C. McClure, B.A. Knoth, and M.E. Dobos. 2020. Idaho anadromous emigrant monitoring. 2019 annual report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-09, Boise. Barnett B., C. McClure, E. Felts, M. Davison, N. Smith, B.A. Knoth, J.R. Poole, S.F. Feeken. In review. Idaho anadromous emigrant monitoring. 2020 annual report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 21-XX, Boise. Roth, C.J., M. Amick, J. Poole, S. Putnam, R.V. Roberts, E.J. Stark, A. Young, C. Waller, K. Wuestenhagen. 2019. Idaho Anadromous Parr Monitoring, Annual report 2018. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 19-07. Poole, J.R, B. Barnett, E.T. Brown, T. Copeland, C. McClure, S. Putnam, R.V. Roberts, E.J. Stark, R. Waskovich, K. Wauhkonen. 2019. Idaho anadromous parr monitoring. Annual report 2019. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-04, Boise. Knoth, B.A., B.J. Bowersox, and J.T. Fortier. 2021. Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Project, 2017 and 2018 Biennial Report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-15.
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 212,985.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 56.50
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 31,500.0
      •      . . . . E.1.c.15 Intensively monitored watershed (IMW)Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.15.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) of stream or streambank monitored 56.50
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.15.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored 31,500.0
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program

WS #2 Big Bear Creek    


  • Worksite Identifier: WS #2 Big Bear Creek
  • Start Date: 05/01/2018
  • End Date: 05/01/2021
Area Description
Big Bear Creek - watershed. 4th Field HUC 17060306, 6th Field HUC 170603060401

Location Information

  • Basin: Clearwater
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.617668
  • Longitude: -116.645068

ESU

  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 212,986.00
    •      . . 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 1
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      IDFG- Nampa Research
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 16
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      Dobos, M. E., M. Davison, J. T. Fortier, B. A. Knoth, and E. J. Stark. 2019. Idaho adult steelhead monitoring, 2018 annual report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 19-06. BPA Project 1991-055-00, Boise. Dobos, M. E., M. Davison, J. T. Fortier, B. A. Knoth, and E. J. Stark. 2020. Idaho adult steelhead monitoring. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 2019 Annual Report 20-08, Boise. Smith, N., M.E. Dobos, M. Davison, B. A. Knoth, and E. J. Stark. In review. Idaho adult steelhead monitoring. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 2020 Annual Report 21-XX, Boise. Poole J.R., E. Felts, M. Dobos, B. Barnett, M. Davison, M. Dobos, C. Roth. B.A. Knoth, E.J. Stark. 2019. Idaho anadromous emigrant monitoring, 2018 annual report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 19-11, Boise. Feeken S.F., B. Barnett, E. Felts, E.J. Stark, M. Davison, J.R. Poole, C. McClure, B.A. Knoth, and M.E. Dobos. 2020. Idaho anadromous emigrant monitoring. 2019 annual report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-09, Boise. Barnett B., C. McClure, E. Felts, M. Davison, N. Smith, B.A. Knoth, J.R. Poole, S.F. Feeken. In review. Idaho anadromous emigrant monitoring. 2020 annual report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 21-XX, Boise. Roth, C.J., M. Amick, J. Poole, S. Putnam, R.V. Roberts, E.J. Stark, A. Young, C. Waller, K. Wuestenhagen. 2019. Idaho Anadromous Parr Monitoring, Annual report 2018. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 19-07. Poole, J.R, B. Barnett, E.T. Brown, T. Copeland, C. McClure, S. Putnam, R.V. Roberts, E.J. Stark, R. Waskovich, K. Wauhkonen. 2019. Idaho anadromous parr monitoring. Annual report 2019. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-04, Boise. Knoth, B.A., B.J. Bowersox, and J.T. Fortier. 2021. Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Project, 2017 and 2018 Biennial Report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-15.
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 212,986.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 63.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 100,753.0
      •      . . . . E.1.c.15 Intensively monitored watershed (IMW)Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.15.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) of stream or streambank monitored 63.00
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.15.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored 100,753.0
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program

WS #3 Pine Creek    


  • Worksite Identifier: WS #3 Pine Creek
  • Start Date: 05/01/2018
  • End Date: 05/01/2021
Area Description
Pine Creek - subwatershed. 4th Field HUC 17060306

Location Information

  • Basin: Clearwater
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.628943
  • Longitude: -116.595194

ESU

  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 53,246.00
    •      . . 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 1
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      IDFG - Nampa Research
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 10
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      Roth, C.J., M. Amick, J. Poole, S. Putnam, R.V. Roberts, E.J. Stark, A. Young, C. Waller, K. Wuestenhagen. 2019. Idaho Anadromous Parr Monitoring, Annual report 2018. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 19-07. Poole, J.R, B. Barnett, E.T. Brown, T. Copeland, C. McClure, S. Putnam, R.V. Roberts, E.J. Stark, R. Waskovich, K. Wauhkonen. 2019. Idaho anadromous parr monitoring. Annual report 2019. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-04, Boise. Knoth, B.A., B.J. Bowersox, and J.T. Fortier. 2021. Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Project, 2017 and 2018 Biennial Report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-15
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 53,246.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 6.10
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 20,600.0
      •      . . . . E.1.c.15 Intensively monitored watershed (IMW)Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.15.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) of stream or streambank monitored 6.10
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.15.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored 20,600.0
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program

WS #4 West Fork Potlatch River    


  • Worksite Identifier: WS #4 West Fork Potlatch River
  • Start Date: 05/01/2018
  • End Date: 05/01/2021
Area Description
West Fork Potlatch River - subwatershed. 4th Field HUC 17060306, 6th Field HUC 170603060802

Location Information

  • Basin: Clearwater
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.798769
  • Longitude: -116.426484

ESU

  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 53,246.00
    •      . . 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 1
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      IDFG - Nampa Research
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 10
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      Roth, C.J., M. Amick, J. Poole, S. Putnam, R.V. Roberts, E.J. Stark, A. Young, C. Waller, K. Wuestenhagen. 2019. Idaho Anadromous Parr Monitoring, Annual report 2018. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 19-07. Poole, J.R, B. Barnett, E.T. Brown, T. Copeland, C. McClure, S. Putnam, R.V. Roberts, E.J. Stark, R. Waskovich, K. Wauhkonen. 2019. Idaho anadromous parr monitoring. Annual report 2019. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-04, Boise. Knoth, B.A., B.J. Bowersox, and J.T. Fortier. 2021. Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Project, 2017 and 2018 Biennial Report. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Report 20-15.
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 53,246.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 77.30
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 12,500.0
      •      . . . . E.1.c.15 Intensively monitored watershed (IMW)Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.15.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) of stream or streambank monitored 77.30
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.15.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored 12,500.0
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program