By Lorri Epstein, Water Quality Director—
The project is an interagency, collaborative effort that is compiling data from federal, state, tribal, and private sources to develop a comprehensive regional database. Modelers will then use the data in spatial statistical models that will develop stream temperature predictions for both future and historic scenarios. These predictions are incredible important in assessing the vulnerability of sensitive fish species to thermal habitat shifts and understanding how climate change may affect aquatic resources in the Northwest.
Riverkeeper volunteers recognize the time and effort that goes into collecting this data, and we are so excited to be part of such a collaborative and efficient effort. Simply sharing data is far more prudent than going to the field to collect redundant data, and by the end of the year, the database will be posted online where all the datasets can be accessed and downloaded. We’re proud to be one of the individual, state, federal, tribal and private partners sharing our data.