The Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program has been created as a cost effective means of developing protocols and new technologies, novel indicators, sample designs, analytical tools, data management and communication, and restoration experiments that support the development of a Columbia Basin-wide Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) program. This RME program will assess the status of anadromous salmonid populations, their tributary habitat, and restoration and management actions that are used to improve freshwater salmonid production to address both local project specific goals and Endangered Species Act (ESA) planning.The ISEMP has been initiated in three pilot subbasins: the John Day,Wenatchee/Entiat, and Salmon. ELR is largely responsible for ISEMP activities occuring in the John Day Basin, although we are involved in the ISEMP process as a whole. The 20,000 km2 John Day subbasin crosses multiple jurisdictional boundaries and has more than 150 people from over 30 agencies and institutions connected with fisheries monitoring, restoration, or management in the basin. With five of the 12 threatened steelhead populations of the mid-Columbia ESU residing within the John Day, and a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw and build upon, the John Day subbasin was a natural choice for a RME pilot project and applying the ISEMP. An experimental approach has been taken to RME in the John Day subbasin. ELR is collaborating with a variety of agencies on various research projects to establish the causal relationship between various ecological processes and fish production.
ELR is involved in or has implemented three distinct monitoring programs in the John Day:
- The Bridge Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed study
- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Effectiveness Monitoring program
- The John Day Status and Trend Monitoring Program