Central Valley Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Workshop

One of the goals of the CALFED Science Program is to provide authoritative and unbiased descriptions of scientific knowledge. To fulfill this goal, the Science Program holds workshops designed to provide a forum for discussions and the exchange of information among Scientists, Stakeholders, Agency Staff, and the public about topics important to the region. These workshops synthesize the science related to complex problems and provide advice for undertaking specific complex tasks in support of Delta planning and decision-making.

The California Bay-Delta Authority (CBDA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) Stockton Office hosted a 3-day workshop in August 2005 to discuss salmonid monitoring in the Sacramento and Joaquin Valleys. Monitoring, including data collection, analysis and reporting is an essential component of an adaptive process leading to the recovery of Central Valley Chinook salmon and steelhead stocks. Monitoring data are used to develop indicators and performance measures to help determine if restoration projects are achieving their desired goals and to track stock performance in response to the suite of restoration activities being implemented. Monitoring data are also used by scientists and managers to develop and validate conceptual and mechanistic models

Central Valley Chinook salmon and steelhead monitoring - Final report and supporting materials for a CALFED/US Fish and Wildlife Service Technical Workshop held on August 23-25, 2005

The workshop goals were to:

  • Examine existing monitoring efforts.
  • Identify additional information needs.
  • Discuss means of making the data and information available to biologists and managers.

The CBDA and the FWS recognized that such a complex subject could not be discussed in great detail in a 3-day workshop but hoped that the discussions could lead to better understanding of the issues and need and suggestions for moving towards a more comprehensive, and long-term, monitoring, analysis and reporting program.

Workshop documentation

Workshop documentation consists of a workshop summary by Randy Brown and Russ Bellmer the PowerPoint slides from the workshop presentations, and two reports summarizing existing and past monitoring efforts.

The Final Report:
A Summary of the August 23-25, 2005 Central Valley Salmonid Monitoring Workshop by Randall Brown and Russell Bellmer

The Workshop PowerPoint Presentations:

Supporting Technical Reports:

Contact person - Randy Brown, brown.randall@comcast.net