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Fish and Wildlife Programs Columbia River Basin High Level Indicators Tracking Progress in the Council Fish and Wildlife Program. October 2009 Ketchum, Idaho. HLIs. Todays Tasks. Link FW Program, Management Questions, High Level Indicators, and FW Program indicators - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Fish and Wildlife Programs

    Columbia River Basin High Level Indicators

    Tracking Progress in the Council Fish and Wildlife ProgramOctober 2009Ketchum, Idaho

  • Todays TasksLink FW Program, Management Questions, High Level Indicators, and FW Program indicators

    Characteristics for successful Columbia River Basin High Level Indicators

    The recommended Columbia River Basin High Level Indicators

    Role of Council FW Program Management Questions

    Role of FW Program Indicators

    Next Steps

  • Linkages: Program, Questions, FW Indicators, and HLI

  • Columbia River Basin High Level IndicatorsCharacteristics for Success:Just a fewClear, easy to understand at a glanceTell the most important stories Keep your audience in mind: Congress and governors

  • Columbia River Basin High Level IndicatorsThe Recommended FewAbundance of Fish and WildlifeEcosystem HealthHydrosystem Survival and PassageCouncil Actions

  • Abundance of Fish and Wildlife Information presented to convey abundance indicatorAbundance of Adult Fish

    Adult abundance of wild and hatchery salmon and steelhead

    Juvenile abundance of wild and hatchery out-migrating salmon and steelhead

  • Ecosystem Health Information presented to convey health indicator Based on a few indices chose to align with region

    Indices may reflect quality of:water, sediment, habitat stream / riparian, biological/invertebrate,landcover, stream flow

  • 3. Hydrosystem Survival & Passage Information presented to convey hydrosystem indicatorAdult salmon and steelhead passage survival

    Juvenile salmon and steelhead passage survival

  • 4. Council Actions Information presented to convey action indicatorWildlife habitat units

    Instream fish passage improvementsScreens, barriers, miles accessible

    Land protected for fish and wildlife

    Coordination of Council FW Program actions

  • Council FW Program Management Questions What is their Role?Reflect FW Program policy

    Facilitate tracking of program implementation with numerical indicators

    Enable adaptive management loop

    Focus content to include in Council report to Congress and governors

  • Council FW Program IndicatorsWhat is their Role?Communicate important program progress

    Subbasin level tracking

    Inclusion in Status of the Resource (SOTR) for outreach

    Align indicators with region as feasible, e.g. PNAMP HLI effort

  • Next StepsComments / Approval for Recommended High Level Indicators for Councils Report to CongressManagement Questions Encourage inclusion of FW Program Indicators in SOTR

  • Motion from F&W CommitteeThat the CouncilApprove three High-Level Indicators in the Councils report to Congress: 1) Abundance of Fish and Wildlife,2) Hydrosystem Survival and Passage, and 3) Council Actions.Approve fish and wildlife program management questions as a working listRecommend that CBFWA include the fish and wildlife Program indicators in the Status of the Resource report; all as presented by the staff and recommended by the Fish and Wildlife Committee and approved by the Council [with changes adopted by the Members at todays meeting]

    The Council understands that the information for these indicators is either currently available or will be collected within existing budgets and that no additional Council funding obligation will result from the adoption of the indicators unless first approved by the Council.

    ***For the Councils report to Congress select subset of indicators should be used. These should be representative of the Councils overall program vision/goals but limited to the top-most high level indicators.which we refer to as Columbia River Basin High Level Indicators*In selecting the Columbia River Basin High Level Indicators for the Council report to Congress, it was important to keep in mind that these 4 characteristics be met to assure success in communicating with Congress and governors*We selected these 4 indicators as the Columbia River Basin High Level Indicators for the Council to report to Congress*To communicate this Columbia River Basin High Level Indicator we will provide data on:Abundance of adult fish (salmon, steelhead, lamprey, sturgeon) during current year and trend over time. Abundance is shown by summing: spawner abundance (or adult abundance for non-salmonids) + ocean harvest numbers + + mainstem harvest numbers + numbers loss to predation within the basin.Number of wild and hatchery adult salmon and steelhead returning to the basinNumber of hatchery and wild juvenile out-migrating salmon and steelhead; this is presented by showing number of wild/hatchery juvenile outmigrants from the basin number loss to predation within the basin

    Graph style use on the slide is for illustration purposes only the graphical presentation of the data is be determined*Progress is being made on what data to use to communicate ecosystem health.

    During the September meeting of the WA Forum, indicators to communicate watershed health were adopted (specifically water quality index, stream flow, sediment quality index, habitat quality in stream/riparian index, biological health instream index, land use/land cover).

    PNAMP members (including WA Forum, CBFWA, COUNCIL, state, tribal, and federal agencies) are continuing to work on performance measures for these watershed indicators; and how best to report them.

    So Council staff will continue to work with the region in developing these indicators performance and reporting measures

    Graph style use on the slide is for illustration purposes only the graphical presentation of the data is be determined*For the hydropower system survival and passage indicator we suggest using this information to communicate progress via the Councils report to CongressJuvenile salmon and steelhead passage survival at dams located on the Snake River and lower Columbia River as well as overall survival through the entire FCRPS systemJuvenile salmon and steelhead survival in-river and differential survival between in-river and transportedAdult salmon and steelhead passage survival through the overall FCRPS system

    Graph style use on the slide is for illustration purposes only the graphical presentation of the data is be determined*For the Council Actions indicator we suggest using this information to communicate progress via the Councils report to CongressWildlife habitat units acquired within current year and cumulative over all yearsInstream fish passage improvements and miles of habitat made accessibleLand protected for fish and wildlife during 2009 and cumulative over timeCoordination of Council FW program actions

    Graph style use on the slide is for illustration purposes only the graphical presentation of the data is be determined**All those FW Program Indicators listed in detail in the word table (column 3) should be considered for inclusion in the SOTR along with their performance measures*