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STREAMNET NEWS

A Newsletter from StreamNet
The Fish Data Delivery Project for the Pacific Northwest
Issue #4 - February 10, 2005
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Welcome to the fourth StreamNet News!




Table of Contents

  1. New Data in the StreamNet Database
  2. Downloadable Access Database Updated
  3. New "Independent Data Sets" Page (Part I)
  4. New "Independent Data Sets" Page (Part II)
  5. Oregon Subbasin Planning Data Archives
  6. Improvements Made to the On-Line Data Query System
  7. Salmon Critical Habitat Designation Interactive Mapper
  8. Pacific Northwest Freshwater Fishes List Updated
  9. US District Court Pesticide Ruling
  10. Montana Fishing Guide





1. NEW DATA IN THE STREAMNET DATABASE

The main StreamNet database has had many updates since the last StreamNet News. Significant updates are available for time series data such as spawning population estimates, adult return indexes (spawner counts, redd counts, dam counts), hatchery returns, and freshwater harvest rates. Significant updates are also available for dam facilities and fish migration barriers.

To query the StreamNet database, point your browser to http://old.streamnet.org/online-data/query_intro.html and click on the "Standard Query Method" link.


2. DOWNLOADABLE ACCESS DATABASE UPDATED

The downloadable version of StreamNetís database was updated September 17, 2004. The entire database can be downloaded in MS-Access format; individual tables may be downloaded as comma-delimited ascii text files. The downloadable version of the database is updated only periodically -- the most up to date data are always available through the on-line data query system.


3. NEW "INDEPENDENT DATA SETS" PAGE (PART I)

For several years StreamNet has housed a small number of data sets created by other people, and we make them available on the StreamNet web site. These are not incorporated into the main StreamNet database, but are instead stand-alone data sets stored in their original formats. (Thus the term "independent data sets.") Previously we used a simple html links page to make these data sets available, but recently we've improved the concept. Rather than reading through a list of links, you now can search for data sets of interest, and see information about a data set before deciding whether to download it.

The independent data sets page is at http://old.streamnet.org/online-data/ids.cfm. Currently available are several water temperature data sets, including one from the Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (Nez Perce County, Idaho) that includes an Excel-based program for determining if temperatures meet water quality criteria. Also available are data sets on the genetic purity of trout in Montana, resident fish stock status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams, three-dimensional hydrodynamic (ADCP) and thermal conditions in Lower Granite Reservoir related to releases from Dworshak Reservoir, the reports and supporting data and GIS coverages for the 2001 Yellowstone cutthroat trout range-wide status assessment (May et al. 2003) and the 2002 westslope cutthroat trout range-wide assessment (Shephard et al. 2003), and more. Just today we added the report and data sets for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's "Bull Trout Status Review and Assessment in the State of Idaho" which was published December 20, 2004.

While the number of data sets currently available is under 20 because this is a new initiative, StreamNet users have already discovered the Independent Data Sets page, and hundreds of downloads have been done in the past few months. We encourage fisheries researchers and managers to contribute additional data sets. We can easily store thousands of data sets, making them searchable and available to other researchers and managers, thus providing an additional way for fisheries professionals to share information. We invite you to contribute data sets to this archive (See Item #4, below.)


4. NEW "INDEPENDENT DATA SETS" PAGE (PART II)

We can host your data.

Has BPA or another funder asked you to provide your data on-line or otherwise make data available? Do you have a fisheries or aquatic resources data set that's useful or interesting and you want to preserve and share it? If so then StreamNet's "Independent Data Sets" page may be appropriate.

As described in Item #3 above, we can warehouse data sets from any source and make them searchable and available for download. Data are kept in their original formats, as established by you.

We provide a small program that leads you through the short (15-20 minute) process of sending us a data set. When ready, simply click a button and the data set will be sent to us. It should be up on our site within a day. (As an alternative for people who can't install programs on their computer, we provide an Excel spreadsheet that can be filled in. But this may require a bit more effort.)

We welcome data sets from outside StreamNet, particularly from projects funded as part of the Fish and Wildlife Program of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, from fish and wildlife agencies, and from subbasin planning groups and watershed councils.

To learn how to send a data set to StreamNet, go to http://old.streamnet.org/online-data/submitdatasets.html. If you have any questions, call us at 503-595-3100, or email us at project@streamnet.org.


5. OREGON SUBBASIN PLANNING DATA ARCHIVES

StreamNet and the Technical Outreach and Assistance to Subbasins Team (TOAST) have captured and archived data and other materials provided for or created by the recent Subbasin Planning process. These materials can be found at http://old.streamnet.org/subbasin/2001-subbasin-data.html. Included for most subbasins in Oregon are the EDT/QHA modeling input and output, GIS layers, data sets, tools, maps, and more. While we have captured this information for most Oregon subbasins, we hope to do so for all 62 subbasins. Contact StreamNet at 503-595-3100 or via email at project@streamnet.org if you would like to discuss archival of information for other subbasins.


6. IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO THE ON-LINE DATA QUERY SYSTEM

The StreamNet on-line query system has long allowed you to download custom data sets in comma-delimited ascii format. These files can then be imported into a spreadsheet or database for use. A long-standing problem with these downloaded files was that a single record sometimes inappropriately spanned multiple lines in the file. This problem sometimes required you to do hand editing before importing a delimited file into a spreadsheet. This problem was recently corrected.

Another fix of this same problem was implemented by providing additional output options. You can now download data in Excel spreadsheets or in xml format and bypass the delimited file.

If you ever encounter a problem of any kind with the query system, please let us know and we'll get the problem fixed and make sure you get the data you need.


7. SALMON CRITICAL HABITAT DESIGNATION INTERACTIVE MAPPER

StreamNet recently developed a new web-based mapping application in cooperation with the Northwest Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries. The Critical Habitat Interactive Mapper is a tool for displaying the areas that NOAA Fisheries is proposing to designate (or exclude) as Critical Habitat under the U.S. Endangered Species Act for 13 evolutionarily significant units of Pacific salmon and steelhead (Oncorhynchus spp.) in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The mapper is available at http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/1salmon/salmesa/crithab/gisdata/disclaimer.html. (California ESUs are not included.)

For news and information regarding the proposed designations, upcoming public hearings, and the public comment process, visit the NOAA Fisheries Critical Habitat website at http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/1salmon/salmesa/crithab/CHsite.htm. NOAA Fisheries has extended the deadline for public comments until March 14, 2005.


8. PACIFIC NORTHWEST FRESHWATER FISHES LIST UPDATED

In the Public Education section of our web site, at http://old.streamnet.org/pub-ed/ff/Species/index.html, we have updated and corrected the state-by-state list of fish species present in the fresh waters of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The new species lists are based on recent authoritative publications. No longer included are non-native species which were stocked in the past but did not result in self-sustaining naturalized populations. Latin names are taken from "Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Sixth Edition" from the American Fisheries Society and the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Latin names from the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (as of August 2004) are also included where they do not agree with, or add detail to, the AFS/ASIH names.


9. US DISTRICT COURT PESTICIDE RULING

In January 2004, StreamNet was cited in a federal court ruling, regarding spraying of certain pesticides near streams, as the source of fish distribution information for "Salmon Supporting Waters" in Washington and Oregon. While this item is from last year, we thought it still valuable to include in the newsletter at this time. The list of streams the court order applies to can be found at http://old.streamnet.org/about-sn/whatsnew.html, where we have provided several different ways to find the streams, including as a GIS layer and as a spreadsheet pre-sorted by stream, by county, and by 4-th field HUC.

Further information can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency web site at http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/endanger/wtc/maps.htm.


10. MONTANA FISHING GUIDE

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks puts a recreational spin on their StreamNet data with their on-line "Montana Fishing Guide" at http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/guide. The Fishing Guide is easy to use and packed with information for anglers. It offers angling and recreation information for hundreds of fishable waters in the state, including lakes, reservoirs, and streams.

The quickest route into the guide is by the name of a specific lake, stream, or fishing district. For each body of water, you can view a description of the water, a map, or a list of other water bodies in that drainage. The descriptions include river miles, lake size, fishing district, MFWP Region, special regulations, and more. Game fishes and other species in the water are listed, with direct links to the on-line "Montana Field Guide" for specific information about each species. Distribution data were provided by Montana's StreamNet database, which is part of the Montana Fisheries Information System.

The Fishing Guide was designed to put everything anglers need to know at their fingertips, including fishing access sites, directions for getting there, and details about boat ramps, camping, and other facilities. The past five years of stocking records are available for lakes, as are reports on angling pressure if they exist for that water body. For those who enjoy planning a trip nearly as much as taking it, the MFWP's Montana Fishing Guide is a good way to learn about Montana's water bodies.

The Montana Fishing Guide is a product of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Natural Resource Information System.



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ABOUT THE STREAMNET PROJECT
StreamNet is a cooperative, multi-agency effort among the Columbia River Basin's state, tribal and federal fisheries agencies, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC), the Bonneville Power Administration, and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to compile fish-related data. We compile and make available on our web site information intended to be useful to fisheries managers and researchers, land managers, planners, and others. We acquire, regionally standardize, and georeference data from multiple sources on a number of topics, including: fish distribution, fish abundance trends, hatchery releases and returns, harvest levels, migration barriers, hatcheries, and dams. We provide a catalog of photographs relevant to fish species and facilities in the region. We also archive and provide stand-alone "independent data sets" created by other entities. We maintain the official list of stream reaches the NPCC has recommended be protected from dam construction, and we are the official keepers of the Pacific Northwest's 1:100,000 scale GIS streams layer. We provide pre-made maps and let you make maps interactively from data in the StreamNet database to meet your needs. We continually work to update these resources, so new information becomes available several times each year. We also provide customized data related services for participants in the NPCC's Fish and Wildlife Program. When significant changes are made at StreamNet (new data or new ways to display them), we will email another short StreamNet News to those on the mailing list.

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