Additional Funding for the Lower Columbia Habitat Status and Trends Monitoring Project

In October of 2012, the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board (LCFRB) together with the City of Longview was awarded a Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance (GRSS) from Washington Ecology to build on progress made in the Habitat ISTM project, and combine efforts with municipal stormwater managers in Southwest Washington to develop an integrated status and trends monitoring design for the Lower Columbia region. Tetra Tech, Sitka Technology Group, and Don Stevens were subcontracted to provide technical and statistical assistance. Contractors worked with the stormwater permittees in SW Washington to identify priority management questions and metrics, merged that information together with that of the ISTM Habitat partners, and used the combined information to develop several monitoring scenarios for a trade-off analysis. The scenarios were reviewed with participants and final recommendations were developed. Throughout the project, feedback was gathered from monitoring managers, practitioners, and stakeholders during four workshops and two teleconference work sessions. Three reports summarize the work. The reports, as well as the materials from the workshops, can be found at the LCFRB website (http://www.lcfrb.gen.wa.us/HSTM%20page.htm).

In the fall of 2013, PNAMP again partnered with the LCFRB and the City of Longview to submit a WA Ecology GRSS proposal to continue the work to develop an integrated status and trends monitoring design for the Lower Columbia region. The short timeline of the last grant left little time to vet the recommendations widely. There were also many unresolved questions that need further discussion before the recommended design could be implemented. We are happy to announce that the proposal was funded and work will begin in early 2014.