Physical Habitat Monitoring

Most of Streamkeepers' physical -habitat monitoring was discontinued in 2005. The following memos from that year describe this decision:

  • Cover memo to advisors re: sampling revisions
  • Physical habitat sampling revision briefing paper
  • Advisors' condensed responses re: sampling plan
  • Decisions re: Physical habitat sampling plan

Streamkeepers' Physical Habitat Index (PHI)

Streamkeepers developed a Physical Habitat for Salmonids Index (PHI), based on physical habitat parameters that we monitor. This work developed in several stages:

  • Our initial PHI paper describing the metrics we initially developed, and presented to the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) national conference in May 2004.
  • Our draft PHI scores based on a somewhat later version of the PHI, after some preliminary feedback on our paper. We discarded one metric, (conifer stem count) and adjusted several others.
  • Our PowerPoint presentation to the National Water Quality Monitoring Council annual conference 2004.
  • Our "Further Development of a PHI" paper written by our Volunteer Research Team in 2009.