FY 2021 Puyallup River Watershed Fisheries RM&E Project

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

Monitoring Research
Project ID21-PUYA-01
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date01/03/2022
End Date09/30/2022
Last Edited04/05/2023
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The project involved rigorous monitoring and evaluation to determine the status, trends, responses and use by various life history stages of ESA listed Spring/Fall Chi-nook and winter steelhead; as well as, non-listed coho, pink, chum and sockeye salmon within the Puyallup/White River Watershed (Puget Sound ESU). Monitoring and evaluation efforts included extensive biological sampling and spawning ground escapement surveys for Chinook, coho, pink, chum and steelhead (surveys work types to be reported include: E.1.c.1 Adult salmon-id population monitoring; E.1.c.4 Redd counts; E.1.c.5 Carcass counts). In addition, biological sampling and escapement monitoring of adult salmonid returns to the USACE fish trap on the White River was performed (work types to be reported E.1.c.1 Adult salmonid population mon-itoring). Further elements included monitoring adult and juvenile salmonids entrained in Electron Hydro’s hydroelectric project on the upper Puyallup River (work types to be reported E.1.c.2 Salmonid smolt or fry monitoring).

Project Benefit    

• Develop adaptive management plans resulting in effective enhancement, and protection of ESA listed (Chinook & steelhead) and non-listed salmonids present in the Puyallup/White River Watershed.
• Provide future tribal salmon harvest opportunities provided under treaty rights.
• Provide account of genetic makeup of Chinook and steelhead present in the Puyallup/White River basin to distinguish and preserve genetic diversity and gene flow among local popula-tions.
• Protection and maintenance of pacific salmon and steelhead habitat may benefit other ESA listed salmonid species including bull trout.
• Recommendation of potential restoration or recovery projects, including additional research, assessment or monitoring needs.
• Protection and maintenance of existing salmonid occupied habitats.
• Monitoring of additional salmonid local populations.
• Comprehensive index of spawning reaches necessary for monitoring reproductive salmonid abundance and productivity trends.
• Formulate and institute plans to insure that operations can be adaptively managed to optimize hatchery and natural production, sustain harvest, and minimize ecological impacts.
• Provide statistically analyzable data to establish relationship between adult and juvenile es-capements and subsequent smolt production.
• Resolve existing or potential habitat, water quality and hydraulic violation issues through cor-rective and/or mitigatory actions.


Metric Completed Originally
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 61.90 61.90

Funding Details

Report Total:$141,793

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  • Worksite Identifier: 51278141
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Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 47.11318
  • Longitude: -122.201772


  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Coho Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Chum Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS
  • Odd-year
  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU




  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 141,793.00
    •      . . E.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
    •      . . E.0.c
      Project identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
      Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Puyallup Indian Tribe and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. 1996. Recovery Plan for White River Spring Chinook Salmon. WDFW, Olympia WA.
    •      . . E.0.d.1 Number of Cooperating Organizations 6
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW): Salmonid monitoring. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE): Mud Mountain Dam/Buckley fish trap & haul. Electron Hydro LLC: Owner/operator of the Electron Hydroelectric Project. Cascade Water Alliance (CWA): Municipal Water Purveyor - White River. Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG): Owner/manager of Kapowsin Timberlands. Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (MIT): Owner of White River Timberlands.
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 1
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      Marks, E.L., R.C. Ladley, B.E. Smith, A.G. Berger and K. Williamson. 2022. Puyallup Tribal Fisheries Annual Salmon, Steelhead And Bull Trout Report: Puyallup/White River Watershed--Water Resource Inventory Area 10, 2021-2022. Puyallup Tribal Fisheries, Puyallup, WA.
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 141,793.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 61.90
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored .0
      •      . . . . E.1.c.1 Adult salmonid population monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.1.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for adult salmonids 61.90
      •      . . . . 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 26.00
      •      . . . . E.1.c.4 Redd countsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.4.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for redds 61.90
      •      . . . . E.1.c.5 Carcass countsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.5.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Carcasses 61.90
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
          Shared Strategy Development Committee and National Marine Fisheries Service. 2007. Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan for the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Comprised of two documents: 1) Shared Strategy Development Committee, 2005, Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan, Volumes I and II, adopted by the National Marine Fisheries Service on January 19, 2007; and 2) NMFS, 2006, Final Supplement to the Shared Strategy's Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan.
      •      . . E.2 ResearchY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . E.2.a Research Funding .00
        •      . . . . E.2.b.4 Life history studyY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . E.2.b.4.a
            Key issues addressed by life history research
            Spawn timing and spawning distribution.