Integration of Monitoring

Background

Each year millions of dollars are spent to monitor the status and trends of natural resources and determine the effectiveness of restoration programs in the Pacific Northwest. While there is increasing consensus among stakeholders for the need for access to integrated and standardized monitoring information, funding for these monitoring activities is generally limited and declining. As a result, there is an increasing need to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of existing and new monitoring programs. Logical improvements include reducing duplication of effort and implementing programs that will allow data collected by multiple entities and programs to inform a larger regional monitoring network. To do this, individual agencies and organizations will need to develop processes that promote data sharing with partner organizations, agree on an overarching set of monitoring questions that can be addressed with common or compatible indicators, coordinate activities, and develop common protocols and methods or ways to “crosswalk” data derived from disparate protocols.

What We Do

PNAMP is working on several projects that facilitate and promote the integration of aquatic monitoring. The Integrated Status and Trend Monitoring (ISTM) project aims to demonstrate the approaches and utility of integrating the collection of information to address multi-scale questions about the status and trends of fish (salmon, steelhead, and potentially bull trout), and physical, chemical, and biological attributes in stream networks. The intent is to assist PNAMP’s participating members in developing strategic action plans for monitoring in the bi-state lower Columbia (LC) river demonstration area, as well as to demonstrate the general approach to developing such plans for other areas in the Pacific Northwest. The Coordinated Assessments project is an effort to develop integrated data-sharing for anadromous fish related data among the co-managers (state fish and wildlife agencies and tribes) and action agencies of the Columbia River Basin. PNAMP is also facilitating the development of several web-based tools that will improve the region’s ability to coordinate and integrate existing and new monitoring programs.

Kyle Martens | U.S. Geological Survey

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