A Long-Term, Monitoring-Intensive Approach to Pacific Northwest Watershed Restoration
A LONG-TERM, MONITORING-INTENSIVE APPROACH TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST WATERSHED RESTORATION
Ecological Restoration, Volume 25: Issue 1; March 2007
By Todd Reeve, CEO, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
The Pacific Northwest region is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to restore watershed ecosystems and recover diminishing populations of native salmon and trout. However, there is much debate regarding whether current restoration methods are capable of producing desired ecological improvements (Roni and others 2002). The scientific community has long advocated that the region establish watershed-scale restoration strategies and apply the monitoring and evaluation systems necessary to facilitate an adaptive, results-based approach (Roper and others 1997). Unfortunately, widespread application of these recommendations has not yet occurred (Bolton and others 2002).