North Fork Monitoring

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

Project IDOWEB 220-8208-17301
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date12/01/2019
End Date12/31/2022
Last Edited07/21/2022
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Desolation Creek, a tributary of the North Fork John Day Headwaters subwatershed located near Dale, Oregon in Grant and Umatilla counties, supports native spring Chinook Salmon and summer steelhead. Abundance and productivity of Chinook Salmon and steelhead in this drainage remains depressed from historic levels, in part due to alteration of the stream channel and reduced riparian function. Restoration projects led by Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) aim to ameliorate these problems and increase salmonid productivity. We will work in collaboration with CTUIR and the U.S. Forest Service to monitor the productivity of both Chinook and steelhead after habitat restoration. Our fish monitoring will estimate the abundance and distribution of spawning adults, and abundance and survival of out-migrating juveniles. These data facilitate evaluation of freshwater productivity de-coupled from external (e.g., ocean and Columbia River survival) variability. We will coordinate with CTUIR to ensure that our spawning survey data are appropriately distributed across the stream network for both population estimation and identification of fish use patterns to complement their habitat survey sites. Out-migrant estimation will begin with installation of a rotary screw trap near the mouth of Desolation Creek. Spawning ground surveys to estimate adult Chinook Salmon abundance and distribution are ongoing, we will add steelhead surveys as well. Temperature and flow data in the North Fork John Day River are collected by The Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, The Umatilla National Forest, The Wallow Whitman National Forest, The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the North Fork John Day Watershed Council. This project will consolidate this data and supplement it by adding 18 temperature monitoring locations and 2 flow locations.

Because the projects scheduled start date is before the PCSRF FFY 2020 award opened, no funds allocated for this project are reported as match to PCSRF funds.

Project Benefit    

By tracking and measuring the effectiveness of restoration throughout the North Fork John Day watershed, and by understanding
the relationship between watershed condition and restoration, we are better able to enact effective restoration
across the landscape. Monitoring data will feed into OWEB’s results chain model, a tool to adaptively manage restoration projects, ensuring maximum return on future restoration investments in the North Fork John Day Headwaters.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

In-Kind Donated Labor$57,390
In-Kind Other$24,000
Report Total:$348,628

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  • Worksite Identifier: 17301
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Location Information

  • Basin: John Day
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  • Watershed:
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  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.99226517
  • Longitude: -118.68027929


  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS




  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding
    •      . . 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.1 Adult salmonid population monitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.2 Salmonid smolt or fry monitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.4 Redd countsY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.8 Water quality monitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.9 Water quantity (flow) monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program