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).

Highlights

HSTM Implementation Workshop #4 (the last one!)

March 30, 2016 - 9:53am

Join us on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM for the last HSTM workshop! Since 2012 stakeholders have been working to develop an integrated monitoring strategy for lower Columbia River tributary habitat. Join us for the last workshop to review and discuss the final draft recommendations for how the implementation plan will be put into action.

See the event link for all the details: http://www.pnamp.org/event/5378

Caucus Happenings

September 16, 2015 - 1:29pm

A caucus is a group of people with shared interests or concerns. For Phase 3 of the HSTM project, caucuses will make recommendations to the larger stakeholder group about their ideas, priorities, limitations, and concerns about funding and implementation of the LC HSTM study design. Two caucuses, focused on water quality and habitat respectively, are convening specifically for this project. These caucuses typically meet every other week to discuss how the HSTM monitoring design will be implemented. You can learn more about what they've been discussing by reading the meeting notes linked below. If you are interested in joining either caucus, please contact Amy Puls (apuls@usgs.gov).

Link to Water Quality Caucus Notes: http://www.pnamp.org/document/5228

Link to Habitat Caucus Notes: http://www.pnamp.org/document/5227

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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