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200735900 - Application and enhancement of monitoring protocols for assessing productivity and watershed condition in headwater subcatchments of the John Day subbasin

Sponsor: PNW Research Station -- Wenatchee

Budgets: FY07: $292,030 | FY08: $272,938 | FY09: $282,900

Short description: The project sponsors developed monitoring protocols for assessing watershed condition in the headwaters of the Wenatchee sub-basin and The project sponsors propose to test the same techniques and evaluate the effects of landscape-scale factors in the John Day sub-basin.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $0 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

The number of proposed activities is quite large. The proposal makes a good connection between biological and physical components by examining the relationship between food web productivity surrogates and the health of downstream fish communities in multiple basins. The project location is in headwaters in nearly fishless areas, therefore this study looks at watershed processes and the influence of headwaters on downstream areas with fish. The proposal would be stronger with more assurances on collaboration with other John Day and regional projects. Some projects are mentioned, but there are several other projects in the John Day that could complement this work (SWCD, ODFW, NOAA). The proposal ties the project to the goals of the Fish and Wildlife Program, the BiOp (RME), the monitoring programs ISEMP, PNAMP (through the intensively monitored watersheds), and the John Day Subbasin Plan objective of achieving aquatic ecosystem health. The objectives, identified as components in the proposal, are reasonably specified, and a rationale is presented for each. Methods for the site selection work element are described in detail, with timelines and deliverables. The characterization of the 60 selected sites is described in less detail, but with timelines and deliverables. Sampling and measurement is described at length. Statistical analysis is described in good detail. The statistical design shows good awareness and appears technically sound. Facilities and personnel are reasonable. Similar work by this team has focused on the effects of headwater restoration on downstream fish productivity in Lake Wenatchee. Plans for information transfer are reasonable.

State/province recommendation: Not fundable

Review group: OSPIT - Plateau

Recommended budgets: FY07: (n/a) | FY08: (n/a) | FY09: (n/a)

Comment: See local comments.

State/province recommendation: MS: Recommended Action

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: (n/a) | FY08: (n/a) | FY09: (n/a)

Comment: This project would attempt to connect habitat actions with effectiveness monitoring.