Lower Columbia Habitat Status & Trends Monitoring (HSTM)

Project Description

This project intends to develop an integrated habitat status and trends monitoring (HSTM) strategy for the lower Columbia River tributaries. The strategy will facilitate the exchange of data among the various entities conducting monitoring for a more robust and meaningful assessment of the region’s water quality and aquatic habitat. Using funds from the Washington Department of Ecology, the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board (LCFRB) is leading a collaborative project to develop a habitat status and trends monitoring design for the Lower Columbia ESU. The project will inform future Municipal Stormwater NPDES Permits in Southwest Washington by producing a monitoring design that addresses multi-scale questions about physical, chemical and biological attributes impacted by stormwater. The project builds on the progress of the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership’s Integrated Status and Trends Monitoring (ISTM) Project, which has been looking at ways to design and implement more coordinated, efficient, and effective aquatic ecosystem monitoring.

To help meet our project goals we have used a phased approach to work planning. Information about Phase 1, completed in 2013, can be found at the LCFRB website. In 2014, with additional funding from WA Ecology, Phase 2 focused on finalizing the monitoring design; accomplishments from Phase 2 are summarized in the Monitoring Design Report. In 2015, Phase 3 will wrap up the remaining technical work (data shareability, data analysis and indicators, data management, and the QAPP) and develop an implementation plan defining roles and responsibilities. Additional information about current and past work can be found under the Events and Documents tabs in the Related Resources box to the right.

Project Team

The success of this project relies on the participation of local stormwater permittees, habitat monitoring practitioners and concerned citizens in the lower Columbia River region. The project is managed and funded collaboratively by the WA Department of Ecology, the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, the City of Longview, and PNAMP. Technical support is provided by Stillwater Sciences. If you have questions, please contact Amy Puls (apuls@usgs.gov).


Seeking feedback on revised draft QAPP template

February 13, 2018 - 2:51pm

Lower Columbia HSTM stakeholders and interested parties, we are seeking your feedback on the revised draft QAPP template under which Ecology envisions Clark County conducting the urban streams component of the LC HSTM program beginning in the next municipal stormwater permit cycle. Throughout the template are yellow and blue highlighted words, phrases, or sections that will be addressed by either Clark County or Ecology, respectively, in finalizing the QAPP prior to commencing field work. Your comments on any of these sections as well as the plain text are welcome.

This is an informal comment period. The final QAPP template will be published with Ecology’s proposed permit language which is scheduled for release in August 2018. Additional formatting changes will be made in the publication process. We appreciate you sending your comments on this version via email to karen.dinicola@ecy.wa.gov on or before Friday, May 11, 2018.

Click here to download the revised draft QAPP template: https://www.pnamp.org/document/6039

HSTM Phase 3 Final Report

February 13, 2018 - 2:49pm

The HSTM Project Team is pleased to share the final report summarizing the work that has been accomplished during Phase 3; you can access the report here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/810197_9cfd21f7e1eb44f485d5ea13a91afca1.pdf

HSTM Phase 2 Final Report

September 16, 2015 - 1:19pm

The HSTM Project Team is pleased to share the final report summarizing the work that has been accomplished during Phase 2; you can access the report here: http://www.pnamp.org/document/4997.

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