Lower Nehalem Rapid Bioassessment and Limiting Factors Analysis

Summary: This is a project to map and record salmonid distribution, habitat use, and other habitat characteristics to determine seasonal habitat limitations for coho and other salmonids across all 201 stream miles of the Lower Nehalem River basin. This information will help the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council prioritize locations within the watershed where restoration efforts will have the most impact. 

Status: In Progress. Tributaries to the main stem Nehalem River with the exception of the North Fork Nehalem River have been surveyed. The North Fork Nehalem River and its tributaries are being surveyed during Summer 2019. In the Winter 2019 – Spring 2020 students from the UW GIS Certificate Program will continue to produce maps and analysis tools using the data gathered in this project.

Partners: BioSurveys Inc (Contractor), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wild Salmon Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of Washington GIS Certificate Program, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

Funders: Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation