Habitat Enhancement Effectiveness-Biological Monitoring and Evaluation on Ceded Areas

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

Monitoring Research
Project ID22-Umat-07
Recovery DomainsMiddle Columbia River
Start Date03/01/2023
End Date06/30/2027
Year2022
StatusOngoing
Last Edited04/25/2024
 
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Description    


The overall goal of the CTUIR biomonitoring program is to evaluate the effectiveness of CTUIR stream restoration efforts in respect to aquatic biota, particularly spring Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), summer steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) populations. The project seeks to assess the biological outcomes of a wide range of restoration efforts in the ceded territory of the Umatilla, Grande Ronde, John Day, Walla Walla and Tucannon subbasins. The restoration efforts to be evaluated are levee removal and instream wood structures. We expect a reconnection with the floodplain with complex habitat or increase habitat diversity within the bankful channel. CTUIR’s approach to habitat restoration is based in the framework of the Umatilla River Vision where Geomorphology, Hydrology, Connectivity, Riparian Vegetation, and Aquatic Biota are identified as the key touchstones vital to a healthy river ecosystem and essential to the re-naturalization of the tribal First Foods.



CTUIR utilizes this framework to identify and design holistic restoration projects that seek to restore floodplain function as it is described in the River Vision and address the primary limiting habitat factors; temperature, sediment, passage obstructions, habitat complexity, and flow in association with each of the identified touchstones.



Worksite #1 (Meacham Creek Treatment and Control):



Proposed work for FY 2022 funds includes continued site level habitat effectiveness and validation monitoring of three sample locations within Meacham Creek. These will be evaluated using a Before-After-Control-Impact design (BACI) for two treatments and one control. Staff will include one permanent technician. The technician’s duties will include juvenile salmonid abundance surveys at each sample site during summer and fall seasons. The technician will collaborate on redd abundance and carcass surveys for spring Chinook and summer steelhead and water quality monitoring conducted throughout the Meacham Creek tributary from March through September. The technician will be involved with the continuation of a Meacham Creek macroinvertebrate research study through an OSU subcontract (PCSRF funded). The technician will assist in the continuation of the CHaMP/PHaMS methodology review and metric comparison with collection and processing of data.

Project Benefit    


The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is implementing a habitat restoration program with emphasis on reducing the effects of primary limiting factors (i.e., seasonally high-water temperature, flow, and habitat simplification) and floodplain connectivity. Biomonitoring sample sites have been selected for evaluating biological responses to levee removals, floodplain activation, and instream wood; and the expected benefit is to improve habitat quality for adult holding and spawning, and juvenile rearing of fish species of interest. Monitoring habitat in parallel with fish surveys can provide valuable information regarding fish/habitat relationships.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 38.00

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$100,000
Other$33,582
Report Total:$133,582


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Worksites

Meacham Creek Treatment and Control    


  • Worksite Identifier: Meacham Creek Treatment and Control
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia (170701)
  • Subbasin: Umatilla (17070103)
  • Watershed: Meacham Creek (1707010302)
  • Subwatershed: Boston Canyon-Meacham Creek (170701030206)
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Middle Columbia River
  • Latitude: 45.67563
  • Longitude: -118.3667

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River 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.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared
    •      . . 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.b.3 Square miles of water monitored (Square miles)
      •      . . . . 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
      •      . . . . E.1.c.3 Biological instream monitoring (other than salmon)Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.3.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Biological indicies (other than salmon)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.4 Redd countsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.4.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for redds
      •      . . . . E.1.c.5 Carcass countsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.5.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Carcasses
      •      . . . . 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.13 Restoration effectiveness monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.13.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) of stream or streambank monitored
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.13.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored
      •      . . . . E.1.c.14 Restoration validation monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.14.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) stream or streambank monitored
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.14.c # acres (to nearest 0.1 acre) monitored
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
        •      . . . . E.1.e
          Description of monitoring
      •      . . 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