Types of Monitoring
- Targeted monitoring tracks conditions at specific sites. This type of monitoring is used to track permit compliance, such as looking at what's happening at a sewer outfall, to identify suspected problems, to find the best sites for protection in the most important watersheds.
- Effectiveness monitoring funded by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board addresses whether habitat restoration projects are achieving their goals effectively. By measuring environmental conditions, habitat characteristics, and biological indicators, scientists can begin to answer questions such as: Did planted trees shade the stream? Did the logs that were added to streams increase pool depths? See reports.
- Intensively Monitored Watersheds program asks the question: Is restoration working to increase salmon numbers? Intensively Monitored Watersheds (or IMW) monitoring compares the number of salmon from streams where habitat restoration was done to similar streams nearby without such actions. This shows if changes in fish survival and productivity are due to restoration efforts or to other factors not related to stream restoration. See reports.
- Implementation monitoring tracks whether or not actions were implemented as planned. It answers questions about whether the projects did what they said they would do and whether standards are being met.