Habitat Data Sharing

Project Description

Habitat data are collected for a number of purposes: management and regulation of fish habitat, assessment of watershed health, and Clean Water Act applications. One important driver for the sharing of habitat data is the need of tribes and agencies at all levels to report on status and trends of fish and habitat and action effectiveness of restoration work at the project and watershed scales. In the Columbia River Basin, Federal Columbia River Power System BiOp reporting requirements are a specific and encompassing driver for monitoring. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council also looks to better understanding of fish habitat in the Columbia River Basin as part of their Fish and Wildlife Program. Region-wide, habitat is a limiting factor for many listed species and NOAA Fisheries requires habitat related data for fishery status assessments. Managers and data consumers are also interested in being able to quantify the effectiveness of habitat restoration actions at both the project and watershed scales and to be able to link these actions back to fish and other species.

In the 2013 Work Plan, the continuing activities of 2012 are consolidated into two topic areas, each of which will be supported by several activities. The first topic, stream habitat data sharing, looks broadly at regional sharing of stream habitat data, and the associated activities are intended to develop a better understanding of the needs, issues, and opportunities for sharing and to develop solutions to facilitate desired data exchanges. The second topic is focused on macroinvertebrate data sharing, and activities for 2013 target assisting the development of PNW standard taxonomic effort agreements and exploring the relationships between macroinvertebrate indicators and fish habitat quality.

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

The Habitat Data Sharing Leadership team includes Bob Cusimano (Washington Ecology), John Arterburn and Sonya Schaller (Confederated Colville Tribes), Bruce Crawford (NOAA), Keith Dublanica and Jennifer Johnson(Washington GSRO), Leska Fore (contractor to King County), Nancy Leonard (Northwest Power and Conservation Council), Dale McCullough (CRITF),Heidi McRoberts and Emmitt Taylor (Nez Perce Tribe), Michael Newsom (US Bureau of Reclamation), Jennifer O'Neal (contractor to BPA), Tom O'Neil (Northwest Habitat Institute), Jesse Schwartz (contractor to Confederated Colville Tribes), Russell Scranton (BPA), Cindy Studebaker (US Army Corp of Engineers), and Jim Webster (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla). The project is coordinated by PNAMP staff Jen Bayer and Amy Puls.


Get Involved: Web Meeting to Discuss Next Steps in Habitat Data Sharing

August 22, 2014 - 10:21am

PNAMP will host a web meeting on September 4, 2014 to share progress on recent habitat data sharing efforts happening across the Pacific Northwest and gauge interest in future activities. For more information on the meeting see the Event page at: http://www.pnamp.org/event/4796.

One major component of the meeting is to share PNAMP’s draft habitat data exchange template. The template was drafted by PNAMP staff to serve as a starting point for regional discussions on how and if we want to share habitat data across programs. Download the draft habitat data exchange template at: http://www.pnamp.org/document/4797

To get involved email Becca Scully at rscully@usgs.gov.

Northwest Standard Taxonomic Effort Project Page

May 21, 2013 - 11:05am

The Northwest Standard Taxonomic Effort now has its own project page!

You can get there three ways:
1) Click this link: http://www.pnamp.org/project/4210
2) Click the 'Projects' tab near the top of any page, and select the 'Northwest Standard Taxonomic Effort' link from the list of ongoing projects.
3) Hover your cursor over the 'Projects' tab near the top of any page to produce the drop down menu, next hover over 'Habitat Data Sharing', and then click the 'NW Standard Taxonomic Effort' link that appears.

Oregon AFS Symposium

March 19, 2013 - 9:11am

PNAMP hosted a symposium on macroinvertebrates and fish habitat quality at the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society meeting in Bend, OR on February 22, 2013. The symposium explored the relationships of macroinvertebrates to fish habitat quality as a means to improve the availability and use of macroinvertebrate, habitat, and fish productivity data. Seven speakers shared current research on this topic, and the session concluded with an hour-long panel discussion about issues, opportunities, and next steps. You can find the presentations and other related documents here.

The Macroinvertebrate Planning Group will meet on April 10, 2013 to continue the discussion of next steps. See the Events tab under Related Resources below for more information on this upcoming meeting.

Macroinvertebrate Planning Group (MIPG)

September 10, 2012 - 10:57am

A subgroup of the Habitat Data Sharing project has been regularly meeting to explore a number of topics related to regional sharing of macroinvertebrate data. The group is directing activities on two topics of interest - standard taxonomic effort and the potential of macroinvertebrates as an indicator that relates habitat health and fish productivity.

Standard Taxonomic Effort - Data sharing among agencies and with the laboratories that identify macroinvertebrates could be added by having common agreements guiding the taxonomic conventions used to identify macroinvertebrate data. This includes the level of identity appropriate for a taxon (i.e. order, group, genus, or species) and the appropriate taxonomic authority for a taxon. The potential and path toward a standard taxonomic effort will be explored at a session sponsored by PNAMP at the October Northwest Biological Working Group (NBAW) workshop. Watch this site for updates on the meeting: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/OEA.NSF/webpage/NW+Biological+Assessment+Wor...

Macroinvertebrates, Habitat Heath, and Fish Productivity: The project core team has incorporated the MIGP's ideas on this topic in a briefing paper (see: http://www.pnamp.org/document/4000) and plan on exploring the topic more at the NBAW workshop and in other venues in 2013.