Upper Salmon Basin Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions, P5

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

Monitoring Research
Project ID010 19 SA
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date07/01/2020
End Date03/31/2022
Year2019
StatusOngoing
Last Edited11/19/2021
 
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Description    


The objective of the ongoing Upper Salmon Basin Groundwater-Surface Water (USB GWSW) Interactions project is for the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) to better define groundwater-surface water interactions in the Upper Salmon Basin, in support of salmon recovery efforts. A more detailed understanding of groundwater-surface water interactions is necessary to evaluate salmonid habitat suitability, as these interactions impact stream stage, flow rate, water temperature, geomorphic conditions, substrate distribution, riparian conditions, and other factors affecting habitat according to the 2019 Upper Salmon Subbasin Habitat Integrated Rehabilitation Assessment (IRA). Currently, most of the data collection and interpretative work is focused on the Lemhi River Subbasin, with the intention of expanding efforts to other basins as needed. Data collected under this project contributes to effectiveness monitoring at a watershed scale, or Intensely Monitored Watershed (IMW) efforts, in the Lemhi Basin. Data collected by IDWR changes according to habitat project needs, and includes streamflow, surface water quality, groundwater levels, and soil moisture data.

Project Benefit    


This work supports the overarching objective to improve salmonid recovery efforts in the Upper Salmon Basin by measuring and analyzing streamflow and streamwater temperature, two of the limiting factors to salmon recovery according to the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation (OSC) and collaborators (OSC et al., 2019). As such, this project supplies data and information that can be used to evaluate the efficacy of both ongoing and future salmonid habitat restoration efforts. Additionally, as a member of the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program (USBWP) Technical Team, IDWR provides technical expertise and advisement on matters concerning the hydrogeology of the Upper Salmon Basin.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 183.90

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$315,609
Other$105,203
Report Total:$420,812


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Worksites

WS-1    


  • Worksite Identifier: WS-1
  • Start Date: 07/01/2020
  • End Date: 12/31/2021
Area Description
Lemhi Basin

Location Information

  • Basin: Salmon
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.187125
  • Longitude: -113.89165

ESU

  • Snake River Spring/Summer-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Snake River Basin 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.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area 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.c.9.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for water quantity (flow) monitoring
      •      . . . . 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
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.15.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
      •      . . 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

WS-2    


  • Worksite Identifier: WS-2
  • Start Date: 07/01/2020
  • End Date: 12/31/2021
Area Description
Lemhi Basin

Location Information

  • Basin: Salmon
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.312829
  • Longitude: -114.593144

ESU

  • Snake River Spring/Summer-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS
  • Snake River Sockeye Salmon ESU

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.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.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