Intensively Monitored Watersheds provide powerful insight into effects of stream restoration
An emerging research method to gauge the benefits of stream restoration for salmon and other native fish is revealing improvements in fish numbers, survival and reproduction in key rivers across the Pacific Northwest, according to a new research paper describing the approach, known as intensively monitored watersheds, or IMWs. At least 17 intensively monitored watersheds in the Northwest are beginning to provide detailed scientific insight into how the millions of dollars invested in river and stream restoration can most effectively boost fish populations, according to the new paper published February, 2016, in Fisheries, the monthly journal of the American Fisheries Society.
Check out "Progress and Challenges of Testing the Effectiveness of Stream Restoration in the Pacific Northwest Using Intensively Monitored Watersheds" https://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/publications/scipubs/display_doctrack_allinfo.cfm?doctrackmetadataid=7947 (Bennett, Pess, Bouwes et al. 2016), and its companion essay, "Adapting Adaptive Management for Testing the Effectiveness of Stream Restoration: An Intensively Monitored Watershed Example" https://fisheries.org/2016/02/adapting-adaptive-management-for-testing-the-effectiveness-of-stream-restoration-an-intensively-monitored-watershed-example/ (Bouwes, Bennett and Wheaton 2016).
Thanks to everyone who contributed to these papers, who implements IMWs on the ground, and who participated in the 2013 PNAMP IMW workshop, which was the inspiration for this work.
You can learn more about PNW IMWs at this new PNAMP web resource: http://www.pnamp.org/imw/home.
PNAMP is planning another IMW workshop for fall of 2016 - stay tuned!