Habitat monitoring data is analyzed using the Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment (EDT) platform to generate multiscale reports which address policy guidance provided by BPA, NPPC, NOAA, USFS, USFWS, and USBOR. This reporting tool: 1) feeds the Endangered Species Act Viable Salmonid Population criteria, 2) feeds the expert panel process for crediting, 3) provides useful and timely information for fisheries management and adaptive management, 4) provides information on limiting factors, 5) provides a mechanism to prioritize habitat restoration/protection actions and areas, and 6) provides an evaluation of habitat status and trends with ability to address project effectiveness.
The OBMEP habitat status and trend approach has allowed the program to incorporate a complex set of broad-ranging habitat data types and integrate them into a single model that generates metrics of habitat potential and characterizes changes at meaningful spatial scales including populations (105
m), diagnostic units (103
m) and reaches (101
m). The assessment metrics are organized into a series of report cards that correspond to the spatial extent of interest and provide a “dashboard” view of habitat performance.
Habitat status and trends are evaluated for summer steelhead and summer/fall Chinook in both the US and Canadian portions of the Okanogan. To date, reports have been generated for three monitoring cycles including a template/restoration ideal scenario, a 2005-2009 scenario and a 2010-2013 scenario.