Basin-wide monitoring: Kenneth Frasl, USGS; Luke Cherney, HCCC; Mark Downen, WDFW

Kenneth Frasl – Skokomish Watershed gages, USGS

During a flood event our site with the watergate info can get a million hits in one day. We’ve been improving transmitters to provide more data sooner, and reliability and accuracy has improved a lot the past few years.

Clicking on the site shows the discharge cubic feet, means, where we are, also you can get trends from previous years, plot other rivers against this one. Web site has a lot of good information on it.

Luke Cherney – Hood Canal Coordination Council – Implementation reporting:

Implementation reporting – what is it?

It’s being able to answer questions about the amount of habitat restoration that’s happening on the ground. We’re answering in terms of acres treated, miles treated, how many inseam structures have been installed … these are called reporting metrics.

We wanted to pick a subset of metrics to track the question of what’s being done on the ground and talk about that in a way that’s meaningful but simple.

Now we’ve got this list of metrics – where do we track these now? We could use PRISM – which tracks projects but the problem is that database only tracks projects from certain funding sources.

We developed a habitat work schedule but then needed to figure out which metrics to track with it. Solution: – develop a geo-database. Uses geo (spatial) with database to create a central data repository for storage and management. This is the container we want to put all measurement metrics into.

Now going back and inputting the data from projects back to the 1990s, with these certain metrics, into this database.

Problem – a lot of information is also in people’s back rooms, shelves, file cabinets, broken laptops, heads, etc.

We wanted to compile and report in a numeric fashion but also create maps of data. He presented a map showing every project that’s been done within the Skokomish basin, including acreage of estuary work and instream work.

Also adding aerial photos, data from ArcGIS, ArcPad – has GPS in it to show where work happened on the ground –

We have the metrics quantified, also uploaded all the project photos to a cloud-based server connected with a hyperlink so folks could see photos associated with project.

Metric Totals include total acres of estuary treated, total miles of dike removal, total acres of riparian planted, miles of riparian treated, total miles of instream, number of structures placed.

Mark Downen: When and where WDFW is conducting monitoring in Skok Basin

Our principle activities are stock assessment – so we’re out there a lot.

WDFW is responsible for stock assessment in the context of fisheries management. And also as a result of Boldt decision, we’re co-managers.

Our current role in monitoring:

coordination with tribe, stock assessment, data management, age compositions, development of escapement estimates, assessing contribution of wild and hatchery on the spawning grounds

we’re involved at some level with all major stocks – chinook, coho, summer and upper skok fall chum, pinks and winter steelhead.

Mostly – tribe covers north folk and upper south fork and we cover lower SF and hunter slough.

Hatchery program:

Oversee George Adams Hatchery chinook and coho salmon, McKernan Fall chum salmon and monitoring supplementation of winter-run steelhead.

Fisheries Monitoring:
we’re involved in monitoring on various levels
chinook – Aug 1-labor day
coho – sept 15 – dec 15
chum oct 15 – dec 15
gamefish – first saturday in june through Oct 31

Also Reservoir Fish Populations – monitor in Cushman and Kokanee lakes (chinook, bulltrout, kokanee)