A mapping technique to evaluate age-0 salmon habitat response from restoration

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Title: A mapping technique to evaluate age-0 salmon habitat response from restoration
Category: Technical Report
File: Goodman_et_al-2015_0309_A-mapping-technique-to-evaluate-age-0-salmon-habitat-response.pdf
Updated Date: 22.05.2017
Author(s)/Source(s): Damon H. Goodman, Nicholas A. Som, Justin Alvarez, Aaron Martin
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Focal Topic: Salmon, Habitat Restoration
Location: Lower Klamath, Trinity River
Watershed Code: 18010209

To combat decades of anthropogenic degradation, restoration programs seek to improve ecological conditions through habitat enhancement. Rapid assessments of condition are needed to support adaptive management programs and improve the understanding of restoration effects at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Previous attempts to evaluate restoration practices on large river systems have been hampered by assessment tools that are irreproducible or metrics without clear connections to population responses. We modified a demonstration flow assessment approach to assess the realized changes in habitat quantity and quality attributable to restoration effects.We evaluated the technique’s ability to predict anadromous salmonid habitat and survey reproducibility on the Trinity River in northern California. Fish preference clearly aligned with a priori designations of habitat quality: the odds of observing rearing Chinook or coho salmon within high-quality habitats ranged between 10 and 16 times greater than low qualities, and in all cases the highest counts were associated with highest quality habitat. In addition, the technique proved to be reproducible with “substantial” to “almost perfect” agreement of results from independent crews, a considerable improvement over a previous demonstration flow assessment. These results support the use of the technique for assessing changes in habitat from restoration efforts and for informing adaptive management decisions.

Keyword Tags:
Demonstration Flow Assessment, Habitat Modeling, Habitat Validation, Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring