Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation (PRSME)

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

Monitoring
Project ID012 21 CW
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date12/09/2021
End Date11/15/2024
Year2021
StatusNew
Last Edited04/21/2022
 
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Description    


Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) will continue the long-term umbrella monitoring effort within the Potlatch River basin under the Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation (PRSME) project. The PRSME provides effectiveness monitoring of

habitat restoration actions at the watershed scale in the Potlatch River. Limiting factors and

steelhead population metrics identified through the project inform recovery actions of ESA listed

Snake River Basin steelhead identified in the NOAA recovery plan (NMFS 2017).

Previous work has been funded through PCSRF and NOAA Intensively Monitored

Watershed (IMW) Funds.


The PRSME framework provides: 1) Potlatch River steelhead production and

productivity data on multiple scales, 2) effectiveness monitoring for numerous habitat

restoration projects, 3) an effective method for identifying additional high priority habitat

restoration projects in the basin, and 4) valuable trend monitoring in the Lower Mainstem

Clearwater River steelhead population (Clearwater River Major Population Group).


The PRSME monitoring objectives are:

1. Assess steelhead production and productivity within the index watersheds

a. Determine abundance of juvenile steelhead emigrants

b. Estimate adult steelhead escapement

c. Estimate freshwater productivity (juvenile recruits per spawner)

d. Examine juvenile steelhead rearing distribution and habitat use within the index

watersheds

2. Monitor juvenile steelhead density, survival, and growth in habitat treatment areas

relative to control areas with no habitat treatments within upper and lower Potlatch River

watersheds

3. Monitor change in habitat variables associated with restoration projects in the treatment

and control tributaries within the upper and lower watershed study areas


The PRSME represents the monitoring and evaluation component of the Potlatch River

Watershed Management Plan 2019 Amendment (Latah SWCD 2019). Monitoring is

conducted annually at four primary worksites: East Fork Potlatch River (56.5 miles

monitored), Big Bear Creek (63.0 miles monitored), Pine Creek (6.1 miles monitored), and

West Fork Potlatch River (77.3 miles monitored).

Project Benefit    


The goal of the PRSME project is to evaluate fish and habitat responses to habitat restoration projects in the Potlatch River basin. The project will assess responses at multiple scales: 1) a broad-scale monitoring effort to document steelhead population

response within index watersheds (Big Bear Creek and East Fork Potlatch River), 2) a finer scale

effort to assess fish and habitat response to restoration projects at the tributary level,

and 3) reach-scale monitoring to assess whether individual projects produced the intended

outcome. The design allows managers to better understand the relationship between a habitat

action and fish response and how localized responses to restoration propagate up to a higher,

management-scale level.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 202.90

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$491,765
Other$163,985
Report Total:$655,750


Project Map



Worksites

West Fork Potlatch River    


  • Worksite Identifier: West Fork Potlatch River
  • Start Date: 12/09/0021
  • End Date: 11/15/2024
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

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 .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.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.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program

Pine Creek    


  • Worksite Identifier: Pine Creek
  • Start Date: 12/09/2022
  • End Date: 11/15/2024
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

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 .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.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.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program

Big Bear Creek    


  • Worksite Identifier: Big Bear Creek
  • Start Date: 12/09/2022
  • End Date: 11/15/2024
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

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 .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.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.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program

East Fork Potlatch River    


  • Worksite Identifier: East Fork Potlatch River
  • Start Date: 12/09/2021
  • End Date: 11/15/2024
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

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 .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.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.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program