2018 Flow and Temperature Monitoring on Klamath River Tributaries

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

Monitoring
Project IDKARUK-2018-5
Recovery DomainsN CA - S Oregon
Start Date03/01/2019
End Date09/30/2018
Year2018
StatusOngoing
Last Edited10/16/2019
 
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Description    


Stream flow and water quality conditions in the mainstem Klamath River limit the production of salmonids during the late spring, summer and early fall. Water quality in the mainstem Klamath River is highly influenced by tributary inputs. Water temperatures in the mainstem Klamath River typically reach lethal levels for salmonids during warm summer months except within the downstream vicinity of cold water tributaries confluences, commonly known as “thermal refugia” or cold water refuges. Salmonids use cold water refuges as a means for survival during the summer when water temperatures are lethal. Cold water contributions from tributaries are critical for salmonid survival during the summer months. Water conservation, protection of cold water sources and monitoring is a prioritized need in the Klamath River Basin.

Water temperature data loggers will be placed in all significant tributaries and bracketed in the mainstem Klamath River around major tributaries. Summer discharge measurements will be conducted during the low flow period, at monthly intervals, on all significant tributaries in the project area to establish baseline discharge information and calibration data for existing flow gauges. New staff gauges will be installed in Seiad Creek as an effort to monitor effects of ongoing flow and channel restorations projects occurring in the watershed.

Project Benefit    


Objectives
• The objective of this project is to monitor water quality and stream flow quantity contributions from cold water tributaries to the mainstem Klamath River and continue to build a long term data set of baseline conditions utilized by salmon.
• Monitor effects of flow and channel restoration projects ongoing in Klamath River tributaries.
• Support water conservation actions where water diversions are impacting cold water tributaries and thermal refugia used by salmon.

Deliverable: The Tribe will compile all monitoring data, check for quality assurance and summarize findings and result in a format compatible for sharing with other agencies and stakeholders in the Klamath Basin.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 120.00

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$8,000
Report Total:$8,000


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Worksites

Mid Klamath Tributaries    


  • Worksite Identifier: Mid Klamath Tributaries
  • Start Date: 06/01/2019
  • End Date: 10/01/2019
Area Description
Middle Klamath River Sub-Basin Tributaries

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath
  • Subbasin: 18010206
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: N CA - S Oregon
  • Latitude: 41.824794208
  • Longitude: -123.13659668

ESU

  • California Coastal Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead DPS

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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.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding
      •      . . . . 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.9 Water quantity (flow) monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.9.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for water quantity (flow) monitoring
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program

Low Klamath Sub-Basin    


  • Worksite Identifier: Low Klamath Sub-Basin
  • Start Date: 06/01/2019
  • End Date: 09/30/2019
Area Description
Middle Klamath River Sub-Basin

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath
  • Subbasin: 18010209
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: N CA - S Oregon
  • Latitude: 41.746971668
  • Longitude: -123.350830078

ESU

  • California Coastal Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead DPS

Map

Photos

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.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored
      •      . . . . 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.9 Water quantity (flow) monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program