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Columbia River Estuary

The Columbia River estuary has been the subject of two independent, but related, projects:

  Juvenile salmonid life history reconstruction

  Landscape scale habitat change analysis


Juvenile salmonid life history reconstruction

Project initiated: October 2000
Project status: in review
Historical data collected by Willis Rich (1920) provided the base line for the reconstruction of juvenile chinook salmon life history in the Columbia River estuary.  Pre-existing contemporary data was collected and used for comparison with historic presence of juveniles.  To complement the comparison, the factors that may have contributed to the difference were examined. 
Funding:  Bonneville Power Administration

Project Coordinators:
Jennifer Burke, UW
Kim Jones, ODFW
Dan Bottom, NMFS
Si Simenstad, UW
Ed Casillas, NMFS
Project Cooperators:
NMFS, Point Adams Field Station

Assistance Graciously Provided by:
Susan Hinton, NMFS
George McCabe, retired NMFS

Landscape scale habitat change analysis
Project initiated: August 2001
Project status: initial stages
Using a landscape scale spatial analysis in a GIS, this project will quantify changes habitat and river attributes (connectivity of habitats, shoreline changes, etc.) in the estuary using habitat maps from the late 1800s and contemporary satellite imagery.. 
Funding: U.S. Corps. of Engineers

Project Coordinators:
Jennifer Burke, UW
Kim Jones, ODFW
Dan Bottom, NMFS
Si Simenstad, UW
Ed Casillas, NMFS

Project Cooperators:
Bruce Sutherland, LCREP
Matt VanNess and Allan Whiting, CREST
John Christy, Oregon Natural Heritage Program
Earth Designs Consulting, Inc.
 

Assistance Graciously Provided by:
Mike Rink, Coastal Service Center
Linda Ashkenas and Doug Oetter, OSU
Todd Sanders, OGI
David Doyle, National Geodetic Survey

Outside Links: Federal Caucus: Salmon Recovery in the Columbia River Basin

Project Contact:
Kim Jones