Monitoring Plans

The Yakima Steelhead Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Plan is a supplement to the Steelhead Recovery Plan. This document is being written in two sections. The first section, focusing on steelhead population monitoring, has been released in Final Draft form: Viable Salmonid Populations (VSP) Section .  Many of the monitoring actions outlined in this plan are currently being implemented by the Yakama Nation and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. The next section, focusing on habitat monitoring, has an expected completion date of 2016.

Bull trout monitoring actions are included in the Bull Trout Action Plan (also see Bull Trout Recovery Planning).

As part of the adaptive management strategy of recovery planning, the YBFWRB, in collaboration with Yakama Nation and WDFW, will produce an annual report presenting new data from monitoring efforts. In addition, the YBFWRB will host an annual meeting with a team of technical experts on steelhead.  For an archive of annual reports, meeting notes, and PowerPoint presentations from the meetings click here.  

Figure I: Adult Steelhead Abundance at Prosser (all populations combined)