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Council Ready To Roll-Out Interactive Mapping Tool For Columbia Basin Salmon/Steelhead
Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016 (PST)

Online mapping software that tracks natural populations of Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead, along with abundance and recovery goals for each evolutionary significant unit, may be ready for review by December 30.

 

The nearly completed mapping tool allows audiences with different needs to access a variety of levels of detail, according to Nancy Leonard of the Council’s Fish and Wildlife staff, as she demonstrated how the program can be used for tracking the region’s progress toward meeting biological objectives for salmon and steelhead at the Council’s Fish and Wildlife meeting in Portland, December 13.

 

First introduced as a concept in 2015, the interactive mapping program has been significantly expanded and includes stream management plans, subbasin plans, and state, tribal, and endangered species act documents, Leonard said.

 

The 2016 version has 119 objective variables, while the 2015 version had just 69, but the program has also been somewhat simplified and condensed. Some 1,307 chinook objective values were listed in the 2015 version, while in 2016 the number was trimmed to 320. Chum were reduced from 245 to 38; coho from 420 to 80; sockeye from 58 to 18; and steelhead from 1,380 to 267. The total objective values dropped from 3,390 in 2015 to 723 in 2016.

 

The objectives were compiled by QW Consulting and refined by Council staff. This version of the mapping tool leverages maps and tools maintained by StreamNet, including a real-time connection to the CAX mapping tool (http://cax.streamnet.org/) that displays the annual adult abundance estimates provided by the Coordinated Assessment effort, according to staff information (http://www.nwcouncil.org/media/7150724/f3.pdf). To ensure the mapping tool content remains current, Council staff can update the mapping tool as needed through a maintenance program.

 

The mapping tool supports the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program emerging priority #2, which says, “Implement adaptive (including prioritized research on critical uncertainties) throughout the program by assessing the effectiveness of ongoing projects, developing program objectives when appropriate and taking into account the effects of climate change (http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/2014-12/program/partsix_implementation/ii_investment_strategy/).

 

Until January 12, the database will be reviewed by program managers and Council staff will complete updates garnered from the review by January 20.

 

In the meantime, the Council will display the mapping tool at its website at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/maps, beginning December 30. By February 1, PDF reports and data will be available at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/am/goals-objective.

 

The goal is to have the mapping tool content ready to go for the January 24-25 NOAA Columbia Basin Partnership task force.

 

“I appreciate the ability for the one-stop shopping,” said Guy Norman, Washington Council member. “There is a real need out there for this resources and I appreciate having it available for the Partnership.”

 

Also see:

 

--CBB, December 29, 2015, “Council Develops Interactive Mapping Tool To Track Columbia River Basin Salmon/Steelhead Abundance,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/435774.aspx

 

-- CBB, Oct. 30, 2015, “NOAA Fisheries Forms ‘Columbia Basin Partnership’ To Provide Collaborative Forum On Salmon/Steelhead” http://www.cbbulletin.com/435431.aspx

 

-- CBB, Dec. 14, 2012, “NOAA Launches ‘Situation Assessment’ Of Columbia River Basin Salmon, Steelhead Recovery” http://www.cbbulletin.com/424217.aspx

 

-- CBB, Dec. 20, 2013, “Salmon Recovery Assessment: Who Leads The Long-Term Way? A Re-Defined NW Power/Conservation Council?” http://www.cbbulletin.com/429314.aspx

 

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