Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring

Monitoring a restoration site

The goal of the Action Effectiveness Monitoring program (AEM) is to determine how habitat restoration actions are impacting salmon habitat, and to use that data to improve restoration actions in the future. As part of the Columbia Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program, the Estuary Partnership collects and distributes AEM data and coordinates between organizations, partners, and stakeholders.

AEM data includes:

  1. Hydrology, temperature, habitat, and vegetation coverage/diversity at sites.
  2. Tracking the residency time and types of local salmonid populations.

Collecting this data before and after management actions allows us to better understand how restoration is changing site ecology. The most recent report can be found here. You can also view our data on Tableau.

View the effectiveness monitoring and adaptive management plan for the Steigerwald Reconnection Project. 

Sneha and Tiffany at Batwater

This program is funded by Bonneville Power Administration.