The Lower Columbia Habitat Status and Trends Monitoring Project (funded by the Washington Department of Ecology, with project management by Tetra Tech, and oversight by the LCFRB and PNAMP) builds on the ongoing PNAMP ISTM project by integrating the monitoring priorities and existing programs of ISTM partners with receiving water quality monitoring programs implemented by municipal stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittees in southwest Washington. Phase one of the project identified priority management questions and metrics for the stormwater permittees, merged that information together with that of the ISTM partners, and used the combined information to develop several monitoring scenarios for the trade-off analysis. Three workshops have been held to date to get monitoring managers, practitioners, and stakeholders input on the identified priorities and scenarios. The final workshop (see http://www.pnamp.org/event/4245), to vet the proposed monitoring design recommendations and discuss next steps, will be held May 22. Materials from past workshops can be found at: http://www.lcfrb.gen.wa.us/HSTM%20page.htm
ISTM Habitat Monitoring Component
Throughout the Pacific Northwest there is an increasing demand for comprehensive information on the status and trend of aquatic ecosystems. At the same time, economic realities mean that the entities charged with obtaining this information are expected to do more with less. Currently, there are at least five different programs proposed or underway for monitoring of aquatic resources in the Pacific Northwest. Often there is significant overlap in questions being addressed, methodology, and spatial domains of inference of these habitat monitoring programs. Despite this overlap, it is often difficult to share data among habitat monitoring entities because of potentially rectifiable differences in study designs. The premise of PNAMP’s Integrated Status and Trend Monitoring (ISTM) project is that better coordination among the habitat monitoring programs will lead to more efficient and effective aquatic resource monitoring throughout the region. For this to occur, monitoring entities need to compare goals, objectives, protocols, and inference domains. By identifying commonalities and rectifiable differences, it will be possible to develop more coordinated, effective, and efficient multi-agency aquatic monitoring programs for the Pacific Northwest.
The goal of the Integrated Status and Trend Monitoring (ISTM) project is to develop recommendations for regional aquatic ecosystem monitoring entities on ways to design and implement more coordinated, efficient, and effective aquatic ecosystem monitoring. To do this, the ISTM project is divided into components to address fish monitoring, habitat monitoring, and to develop a regional master sample tracking tool. The Fish component is working on recommendations for salmon and steelhead monitoring; the Habitat component is working on recommendations for aquatic ecosystem monitoring.
Consistent with the overall objectives for the ISTM project, the objectives of the Habitat component are:
1. Identify & prioritize decisions, questions, and objectives
2. Review existing programs and designs and identify gaps
3. Identify monitoring designs, sampling frames, protocols, and analytical tools that facilitate more coordinated, efficient, and effective monitoring programs
4. Use trade-off analyses to develop recommendations for monitoring
5. Recommend implementation and reporting mechanisms
This project is led by Jeff Rodgers (ODFW) and Bernadette Graham-Hudson (LCFRB). The project team also includes: Steve Lanigan (USFS), Glenn Merritt (WA Ecology), Shannon Hubler (ODEQ), and Chris Jordan (NOAA). Project management is provided by Jen Bayer (PNAMP/USGS). This project is also supported through in-kind contributions of the monitoring entities in the Lower Columbia River ESU.
Lower Columbia Habitat Status and Trends Monitoring Project
ISTM Habitat Work Sessions
In order to assess the adequacy of existing monitoring programs to meet priority habitat monitoring goals and the potential for reducing gaps by improving monitoring program coordination, data sharing, and data translation, the ISTM Habitat work group has been meeting regularly for the past 6 months. You can see what we've been discussing by checking out the notes from the work sessions.
ISTM Habitat Component Overview
Overview Document explains objectives and timeline: see ISTM Habitat Overview Document
May 22, 2013
April 30, 2013
PNAMP Habitat Status and Trends Monitoring in the Lower Columbia Region - Workshop #3 Trade-off AnalysisApril 02, 2013
March 28, 2012
February 28, 2012
Published Date: August 13, 2013
Published Date: May 29, 2013
Published Date: May 20, 2013
Published Date: September 06, 2012
Published Date: June 27, 2012