Regional Technical Team

The UCSRB asked for an independent regional technical team to convene for the following functions: 1) recommend region-wide strategies and priorities to protect and restore salmonid habitat; 2) aid in developing and evaluating salmon recovery projects within the Upper Columbia Region, as appropriate; and 3) aid in developing guidance for salmon recovery monitoring plans, as appropriate. An important function of the RTT is to assess the technical merits of habitat protection and restoration projects proposed for funding. The RTT established a scientific foundation for this process that is documented in the Upper Columbia Biological Strategy to assist in the identification of habitat projects that will best contribute to the recovery of native salmonids. The composition of the RTT changes infrequently.

Upper Columbia Regional Technical Team Documents

Document Date Description
RTT Operating Procedures 4/5/2012 Upper Columbia Regional Technical Team Operating Procedures
RTT Membership 9/13/2016 Current RTT Membership
Revised Biological Strategy 3//2014 A Biological Strategy to Protect and Restore Salmonid Habitat in the Upper Columbia Region: A Draft Report to the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board from The Upper Columbia Regional Technical Team
Upper Columbia Monitoring Strategy 8/1/2006

The monitoring strategy described in this document is not another regional monitoring plan. Rather, this plan draws from existing strategies and outlines an approach specific to the Upper Columbia Basin. The plan described here addresses the following basic questions:

1. What are the current habitat conditions and abundance, distribution, life-stage survival, and age-composition of fish in the Upper Columbia Basin (status monitoring)?

2. How do these factors change over time (trend monitoring)?

3. What effects do tributary habitat actions have on fish populations and habitat conditions (effectiveness monitoring)?

Upper Columbia Monitoring Strategy - Appendix A 3/16/2009 An Implementation Strategy for Wenatchee River Subbasin Monitoring
Upper Columbia Monitoring Strategy - Appendix B TBA An Implementation Strategy for Entiat River Subbasin Monitoring
Upper Columbia Monitoring Strategy - Appendix C 4/23/2014 An Implementation Strategy for Methow River Subbasin Monitoring
Barrier Prioritization Framework 10/27/2008 Past project review sessions revealed uncertainty regarding which culverts/diversions were considered a priority for repair based on their potential biological benefit. This decoument describes a standardized and systematic approach to prioritizing barrier-correction projects throughout the Upper Columbia.
Barrier Prioritization: Wenatchee 10/27/2008 This document evaluates the priorities of barrier-correction projects in the Wenatchee Subbasin as an example use of the Barrier Prioritization Framework
Final UC Data Gaps with Ratings and Tiers 8/7/2008 UCRTT Monitoring and Data Management Committee Data Gaps Inventory and Assessment
Upper Columbia Regional Technical Team 2010 Analysis Workshop Synthesis Report 11/16/2010 The 2010 Analysis Workshop Synthesis Report was a key outcome that was presented at the Upper Columbia Habitat Adaptive Management 2010 Science Conference on November 16, 2010. The report and the Conference both play an important role in the adaptive management framework adopted by the UCSRB for implementation of the Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan by providing a forum for the public to get informed of the science behind salmon recovery.
UCRTT 2010 Analysis Workshop Synthesis Report Bibliography 11/16/2010 Bibleography for the 2010 UCRTT Analysis Workshop Synthesis Report
RM&E in the Upper Columbia Memo 06/17/2014 Memo from the UCRTT's Monitoring and Data Management Committee defining what information is needed for fish habitat restoration project development, what information is currently being collected, and provides a recommendation for additional monitoring to better inform project sponsors.