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.