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Open-File Report 2015–1069

Prepared in cooperation with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Department of Natural Resources, and Northwest Marine Fisheries Service

Physical Habitat Monitoring Strategy (PHAMS) for Reach-Scale Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring

By Krista L. Jones, Scott J. O’Daniel, Tim J. Beechie, John Zakrajsek, and Jim G. Webster

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Habitat restoration efforts by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have shifted from the site scale (1–10 meters) to the reach scale (100–1,000 meters). This shift was in response to the growing scientific emphasis on process-based restoration and to support the 2007 Accords Agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration. With the increased size of restoration projects, the CTUIR and other agencies are in need of applicable monitoring methods for assessing large-scale changes in river and floodplain habitats following restoration. The goal of the Physical Habitat Monitoring Strategy is to outline methods that are useful for capturing reach-scale changes in surface and groundwater hydrology, geomorphology, hydrologic connectivity, and riparian vegetation at restoration projects. The Physical Habitat Monitoring Strategy aims to avoid duplication with existing regional effectiveness monitoring protocols by identifying complimentary reach-scale metrics and methods that may improve the ability of CTUIR and others to detect instream and riparian changes at large restoration projects.

First posted April 14, 2015

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Jones, K.L., O’Daniel, S.J., Beechie, T.J., Zakrajsek, John, and Webster, J.G., 2015, Physical habitat monitoring strategy (PHAMS) for reach-scale restoration effectiveness monitoring: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1069, 58 p.,

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)




Organizing Principles of the Physical Habitat Monitoring Strategy

River Vision Touchstones and Associated Key Processes

Components of the Physical Habitat Monitoring Strategy

Example of the Need for Complementary Monitoring Approaches



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