Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program

ISEMP develops management decision support tools based on quantitative relationships of stream habitat quality and quantity and anadromous salmon population abundance and productivity in the Interior Columbia River basin. Our primary goal is to generate the decision support products that form the foundation of the FCRPS BiOp habitat strategy.

The Integrated Status and Effectiveness Project (ISEMP) was created 10 years ago to build quantiative tools that relate habitat condition to fish populations in a framework that supports habitat and ESA-listed fish population management decision making.  These needs surface from the proposed tributary habitat-based, off-site mitigation strategy of the Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion (FCRPS BiOp).

ISEMP has focused its development of tools and monitoring strategies in the Wenatchee, John Day, South Fork Salmon and Lemhi subbasins.  In 2011 these areas were supplemented with the initiation of the Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program (CHaMP) to implement a regionally standardized in-stream habitat monitoring program.

Our projects and directives fall into three intertwined categories:

Status and Trends

Monitoring data on fish and habitat to track and evaluate fish-habitat relationships at the Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU), subbasin, and population levels.

Action Effectiveness

Evaluating the effect of habitat actions (both project level: i.e., type of project, and watershed level: i.e., cumulative projects in a given area) on fish populations.

Analytical Framework

Providing the context for monitoring data to address fish-habitat relationships, limiting factors, and whether management actions and restoration has led to changes in fish and their habitat.