Effectiveness Monitoring Coordination & Assessment

Project Description

This project is an effort to integrate and align existing and new regional effectiveness monitoring efforts, provide more scientifically robust data for use in management decisions, and improve cost efficiency in the implementation of monitoring programs. The focus of this effort is on coordinating approaches, monitoring design, and data management systems to allow alignment and reporting of results; informing a regional network of effectiveness monitoring coverage; and encouraging programmatic-level planning consistency across the region for Intensively Monitored Watersheds (IMW) and effectiveness monitoring projects and programs. The plan is to facilitate moving away from "1-at-a-time" project-by-project decision making and moving toward coordinated efforts.

In 2010, PNAMP hosted three work sessions to communicate where we are at with respect to effectiveness monitoring, map out where we need to go, and create a plan for how to get there. These workshops began with a broad assessment of current and emerging efforts, discussion of information quality and gaps, followed by more detailed work on protocols and metrics and coordination of data. The efforts assessed were, for the most part, located in the Columbia Basin. Highlights of our achievements include an inventory of existing effectiveness monitoring efforts and results of an analysis to determine gaps, development of assessment criteria to rate the quality of effectiveness monitoring projects, and a draft Effectiveness Monitoring Coordination Strategy document. Results of the information gathering effort were used by Bonneville Power Administration, the Washington Forum on Monitoring, and others in planning effectiveness monitoring activities.

Upcoming efforts for this project include finalizing the strategy for coordinating effectiveness monitoring; initiating data exchange template development for effectiveness monitoring data (this is an aspect of the Habitat Data Sharing project as well); updating the inventory and doing additional gap assessments. In addition, PNAMP would like to expand its efforts to different types of projects and information and include information pertinent to the needs of additional partners.

For more information about PNAMP activities on this topic, click on "Events", "Documents" and "Key Documents" in the bottom right corner of this page.

Project Team

This project is being conducted through in-kind contributions of the Effectiveness Monitoring Leadership Team. Participants in the Leadership Team include Bruce Crawford, Ken Dzinbal, Jim Geiselman, Tracy Hillman, Steve Leider, Nancy Leonard, Michael Newsom, and Jennifer O’Neal. The PNAMP Coordinator, Jen Bayer, is serving as the project manager.


PNAMP Supports Sharing of Lessons Learned about Effectiveness Monitoring

October 2, 2015 - 12:26pm

In 2015, PNAMP supported regional and national conversations about effectiveness monitoring by sponsoring sessions at conferences and encouraging our regional experts to share their lessons learned. In May, we helped organize two sessions at the regional Salmon Recovery Conference (http://www.rco.wa.gov/salmon_recovery/2015-SalmonConference/ConfAgenda.s...), which was co-hosted by the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the nonprofit Long Live the Kings. PNAMP also helped our regional experts reach an international audience at the 145th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, held in Portland this summer. It was standing room only for the Intensively Monitored Watersheds (IMW): Lessons from the Past and Future Guidance symposium (https://afs.confex.com/afs/2015/webprogrampreliminary/Session3525.html).

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