Watershed Initiatives has written and edited a number of technical documents for state and federal agencies, including the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), and the Oregon Department of Energy. Here you will find the Oregon Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Guide, the Water Quality Monitoring Technical Guide Book, the Oregon Riparian Assessment Framework, and other watershed resources. In addition, there are links to other agency websites, such as Oregon's Sea Grant Program at Oregon State University, where Paul Hoobyar, principal and owner of WI, edited Sea Grant's Restoration Newsletter for seven years.
Five rivers flow into Tillamook Bay--the Tillamook, Wilson,Trask, Miami and Kilchis Rivers. Together, these rivers comprise some of Coastal Oregon's most important, and productive, watersheds for salmon and steelhead. Watershed Initiatives, along with Bierly and Associates, worked with the Tillamook Bay Watershed Council from February through June of 2015 to create a strategic action plan designed to help local landowners, agencies and other partners identify and create a restoration strategy that identifies actions which are appropriate for the land uses in the basin and addresses those factors which adversely affect aquatic habitat-forming processes. The action plan places an emphasis on restoration activities that enhance connectivity between Tillamook Bay with areas in the upper watershed that have high intrinsic productivity for salmonids and other species. The other element of the strategy is designed to take actions that create and/or maintain habitat complexity to allow for a diversity of life history expressions for targeted species. Each of the rivers that flow into Tillamook Bay has diverse land uses, surface geologies, and other characteristics. The strategic action plan for the basin leveraged the abundant technical information about each stream and developed "rules of thumb" to help the watershed council prioritize its work and improve ecosystem function throughout the basin. These "rules of thumb" encourage a basin-wide approach to maintain and enhance habitats throughout the basin, encourage life history diversity for targeted species, and identify and prioritize actions that are relevant to the dominant land uses in the basin, including agriculture, timber management, and commercial fisheries.
The Oregon Energy Plan (pdf)
This report is from the Oregon Energy Planing Council, which was composed of leaders in Oregon's utility industry, energy conservation sector, energy policy arena, as well as representatives from affected state agencies, during Governor Ted Kulongoski's administration (2003-2011). The report provides an overview of Oregon's then-current energy and transportation fuel uses, and it reviews a number of the state's energy policies and conservation efforts. The report also identifies a suite of challenges facing Oregon as it moves away from its reliance on fossil fuels and toward new, renewable energy sources. The report was sent to the Governor's office in December, 2010.
Oregon Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Guide (pdf)
The guide was developed to provide public guidance on restoration and enhancement measures that could provide a benefit for aquatic ecosystem recovery. The guide consists of five sections: An overview of Restoration Activities, Activity Guidelines, Overview of Agency Regulatory Functions and Sources of Assistance, Grants and Assistance, and Monitoring and Reporting. The Restoration and Enhancement Guide provides standards for some restoration activities that are required to be met when using state funds for aquatic habitat restoration. (May 1999)
Water Quality Monitoring Technical Guide Book (pdf)
The manual was developed to provide guidance on designing monitoring strategies and to provide standard water quality monitoring protocols. The Guide Book has the following chapters: Background, Monitoring Strategy and Plan, Selecting Sites, Data Quality, Data Storage and Analysis. Protocols have been developed for; Stream Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Conductivity, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, Turbidity, Stream Macroinvertebrates, Pesticides and Toxins. Additional chapters will be developed and added to the Guide Book.
Oregon Riparian Assessment Framework (pdf)
The purpose of this document is two-fold: to provide guidance for 1) assessing riparian conditions, functions, processes, and management or project actions; and 2) tracking changes in riparian characteristics over time. This document is designed to complement the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board’s Water Quality Monitoring Technical Guide Book (OWEB 1999). Many of the broader monitoring concepts presented in the Water Quality Monitoring Technical Guide Book apply to riparian assessment and monitoring.
Watershed Improvement Priorities (pdf)
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board contracted with Watershed Initiatives to develop a framework for prioritizing watershed improvement projects. The agency wanted guidance when making funding decisions for habitat and watershed restoration proposals (see Case Studies). The framework categorizes project types by the effect they will have on aquatic ecosystem function and identifies project types that have the greatest enhancement benefit at the local basin scale. Project evaluation is based on watershed assessments and local knowledge of conditions and human communities and is designed to yield repeatable results. The framework also helps identify basin and watershed scale improvement priorities.
Oregon Sea Grant's Resources
Paul Hoobyar, principal at Wateshed Initiatives, edited Restoration Newsletter for Oregon's Sea Grant. Restoration Newsletter: A quarterly newsletter about salmon, coastal watersheds and people in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
This article explores the role of estuaries in the recovery of native salmon. The article provides an overview of the role that estuaries play in salmon life cycles and explains how different management approaches (e.g. production/sustained yield vs. a “population view” that sees the ecosystem as an integrated series of alternative rearing habitats) result in different priorities, salmon phenotypes and impacts to the ecosystem. The article included an explanation of the implications of the different management approaches for ecosystem and salmonid resliency. To read the article, click here.