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Workshop – Restoring Salmon
Habitat for a Changing Climate In The South Fork Nooksack River, WA
(Cosponsored by EPA and the Nooksack Indian Tribe) - EPA Region 10 Climate Change and TMDL Pilot
January 22 and 23, 2013 – Bellingham, WA
This Workshop supports the Qualitative
Assessment that is being conducted as part of the
EPA Region 10 Climate Change and TMDL Pilot.
It is based on the recent article “Restoring Salmon Habitat For A
Changing Climate” (Beechie et al., 2012). The Workshop was presented over
two days. Day One was devoted to a series of presentations and panel
discussions to understand how landscape watershed processes and climate
change will impact salmonids in the SFNR and a discussion of existing
restoration tools applied in the SFNR watershed. Day Two was focused on a
review of the existing ESA Salmon Recovery Plan, data sets and related
studies, application of Beechie et al.’s (2012) method for evaluation of
salmon recovery strategies in the face of climate change, and to support the
development of the step-by-step methodology for the qualitative assessment
in the SFNR
(see here for a copy of the Agenda with Presentations).
Workshop – EPA Region 10
Climate Change TMDL Pilot and South Fork Nooksack River, WA Temperature TMDL
June 25, 2012 – Seattle, WA
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 and Washington State Dept of Ecology are conducting a Temperature Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the South Fork Nooksack River (SFNR) in coordination with the Nooksack Tribe and Lummi Nation. In addition to this Regulatory Objective, Region 10 has partnered with EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) and together initiated a Pilot Research Project to consider how projected climate change impacts for the SFNR could be incorporated into the TMDL and influence restoration plans . EPA is using a “parallel study strategy” to concurrently accomplish the Research Objective (EPA Region 10 Climate Change TMDL Pilot) and Regulatory Objective (SFNR, WA Temperature TMDL). This allows EPA to “learn by doing.” The goal of the Pilot Research Project is to (1) provide input to the Regulatory TMDL for additional modeling runs that can capture climate change scenarios and (2) to serve as an example of process and analysis for other TMDLs (see here for a copy of the
Agenda with Presentations).
COFFEE (Carbon Offset Forestry: Forecasting System Effects)
MARA (Methods for Aquatic Resource Assessment)
WESP (Willamette Ecosystem Services Project)
The report entitled A Summary of NHEERL Ecological Research on Global Climate Change spans 14 years of research conducted by the Office of Research and Development at its National Health and Environmental Effects (NHEERL) research facilities. This compendium of ecological research presents findings on how global climate change may affect terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems as well as agriculture. The research described in this report has provided a better understanding of the potential effects of global warming and rising levels of atmospheric CO2 on natural and managed ecosystems.
This Web site provides information on monitoring of aquatic resources in the US, primarily focused on design and analysis of probability based surveys. Links are provided to other aquatic resources monitoring information available on the internet.
The Willamette Basin Alternative Futures Analysis project was designed to help local communities make informed decisions about land and water use. Three alternative visions for the future in the Willamette River Basin (Oregon) were designed with input from local stakeholders. The likely consequences of these alternative futures were evaluated for water availability, stream biota, the Willamette River and terrestrial wildlife.
A historical database of hourly O3 concentrations for Crestline, California in 1963-2000 has been developed based on all relevant oxidant/ozone monitoring data taken since 1963. The database provides valuable information on the changing ambient air quality conditions in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California due initially to increases in population and vehicle usage and subsequently due to decreases in O3 precursors from the implementation of more effective emission control strategies beginning in the late 1970s.