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UncertaintyWhat strategic actions, alone or in combination and at what spatial and temporal scales, could help ameliorate increased water temperatures, decreased summer river flows, changes in upland plant communities, and other ecosystem changes due to climate changes that will impact fish and wildlife?
ThemeClimate change
SubthemeMitigating actions
Sources Recommendations for the 2014 Program Amendment from USGS-NW
NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program 2014
NPCC 2006-3: Research Plan 2006
Criticality Level Priority
Rationale This was identified as a top priority in the climate change theme. A moderate amount of progress has been made addressing climate-associated effects on temperature and flow, but there has been little progress in modeling ecosystem changes. This critical uncertainty is from the 2006 Research Plan; see Part 2, ISAB/ISRP 2016-1, CU #33, for a discussion of progress made toward addressing this uncertainty. In the summer of 2015, fish kills in the Basin due to increased, water temperatures in streams made the national news. Given predictions of a changing climate, with increased temperatures and generally reduced snow packs and summer stream flows and increasing levels of land development and resource use, the extent and severity of fish kills are likely to increase. Additional attention is needed to better document and quantify this issue. This will allow a determination whether specific response strategies are needed as part of the Program and/or whether additional research is necessary. Managers will require this information to develop strategies for adapting to climate change. For example, when selecting areas for habitat restoration, managers might first consider areas likely to provide thermal refuges for aquatic species.

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ID Title Sponsor Locations Purpose Emphasis Addresses
200900500 Influence of Environment and Landscape on Salmonid Genetics Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) Programmatic RM and E Directly
200900800 Climate Change Impacts Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) Programmatic RM and E Directly
198802200 Umatilla Fish Passage Operations Umatilla Confederated Tribes (CTUIR) Columbia Plateau/Umatilla Habitat Restoration/Protection Indirectly
199603501 Yakama Reservation Watershed Project Yakama Confederated Tribes Columbia Plateau/Yakima Habitat Restoration/Protection Indirectly
199608000 Northeast Oregon Wildlife Project Nez Perce Tribe Blue Mountain/Grande Ronde Habitat Restoration/Protection Indirectly
199705600 Klickitat Watershed Enhancement Yakama Confederated Tribes Columbia Gorge/Klickitat Habitat Restoration/Protection Indirectly
200000900 Logan Valley Wildlife Mitigation Burns-Paiute Tribe Middle Snake/Malheur Habitat Restoration/Protection Indirectly
200002700 Malheur River Wildlife Mitigation Burns-Paiute Tribe Middle Snake/Malheur Habitat Restoration/Protection Indirectly
200207000 Lapwai Creek Anadromous Habitat Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Mountain Snake/Clearwater Habitat Restoration/Protection Indirectly
200300900 Canada-USA Shelf Salmon Survival Study Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans Programmatic RM and E Indirectly
200725200 Hyporheic Flow Assessment in Columbia River Tributaries Umatilla Confederated Tribes (CTUIR) Columbia Plateau/Umatilla Habitat RM and E Indirectly
200800700 Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Program Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) Habitat RM and E Indirectly
201007700 Tucannon River Programmatic Habitat Project Snake River Salmon Recovery Board Columbia Plateau/Tucannon Habitat Restoration/Protection Indirectly

last updated: Jan 27, 2016