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Wiyot Tribe Environmental Department Staff Conducting Water Quality Sampling at Mad River Slough, Humboldt Bay.
Photograph courtesy of Dylan Gray, Wiyot Tribe
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Fishery Resources Projects
Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Natural Stocks Assessment
Monitoring Targets: Juvenile salmonids', growth, movement and length of stay within the estuary
Dates and Duration: Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly since 2003 Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Elk River Slough, Freshwater Slough, Hookton Slough, Salmon Creek (tidal portion), Eureka Slough (Humboldt Bay), Fay Slough, Martin Slough, Wood Creek (tidal portion), Rocky Gulch (Humboldt Bay); McNulty Slough, Hawk Slough, Eel River Wildlife Area (Eel River Delta)
Data Collected: Length and weight of salmonids, PIT tag code (PIT tags are applied to untagged salmonids), number of other species collected, water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen
Available Data: Field notes, annual reports, and final reports
Contact Information: Mike Wallace at the Califonia Department of Fish and Game, Arcata
(mwallace@dfg.ca.gov )
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Name of Program: California State University System - Center for Integrative Coastal Observation, Research and Education (CICORE)
Monitoring Targets: Eelgrass ecosytem utilization
Dates and Duration: Monthly since 2003 (Entrance Bay) and 2006 (Indian Island)
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Entrance Bay and Indian Island (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Fish species diversity and abundance, and fish length
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Tim Mulligan, Humboldt State University Professor, Arcata (tjm2@humboldt.edu)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game, Marine Region - Aquaculture and Bay Management Project
Monitoring Targets: Herring spawning population
Dates and Duration: Annually in the fall since 1995
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay, with a concentration at one site in South Bay and one site in Arcata Bay
Data Collected: Herring eggs are collected and weighed to determine a ratio of eggs to area which infers spawning biomass, or number of spawning adults
Available Data: Annual reports
Contact Information: John Mello, California Department of Fish and Game, Eureka (jmello@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: University of California, Sea Grant Extension - Habitat Utilization by Young of the Year Rockfish in Humboldt Bay
Monitoring Targets: Juvenile rockfish habitat utilization
Dates and Duration: May - October since 2001
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Six sites throughout Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Substrate habitat (e.g. eelgrass bed), fish population density, fish growth, duration of habitat utilization
Available Data: Reports for years 2003-2005
Contact Information: Susan Schlosser, Sea Grant Extension, Eureka (scschlosser@ucdavis.edu)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Humboldt Bay Coho Salmon Acoustic Telemetry Project
Monitoring Targets: Movement and habitat utilization by juvenile coho salmon throughout Humboldt Bay
Dates and Duration: Annually in Spring since April 2007
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: 24 fixed receptors spread throughout Humboldt Bay, mobile tracking in Fay, Ryan, and Freshwater sloughs
Data Collected: Residence time of fish in sloughs and in Humboldt Bay before entering ocean, and habitat utilization with Humboldt Bay
Available Data: Annual report
Contact Information: Bill Pinnix, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (bill_pinnix@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Fish Communities in North Humboldt Bay
Monitoring Targets: Fish species composition in eel grass, oyster bed, and mudflat habitats and how they change over the seasons
Dates and Duration: August 2003 - July 2004
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: North Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Fish diversity and abundance, sampling efficiency, water quality (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity), suspended sediment
Available Data: Progress report
Contact Information: Bill Pinnix, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (bill_pinnix@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office - Tidewater Goby Monitoring Program
Monitoring Targets: Presence and distribution of tidewater gobies
Dates and Duration: Every 2-3 years since 2002
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Mad River Slough, McDaniel's Slough, Gannon Slough, Jacoby Creek (tidal portion), Wood Creek (tidal portion), Rocky Gulch (tidal portion), Elk River Slough, Highway 101 ditch near Indianola, Hookton Slough, Salmon Creek (tidal portion) (Humboldt Bay); and Eel River Delta near the Eel River Wildlife Area
Data Collected: Presence of tidewater goby and suitability of habitat surveys pursuant to Endangered Species Act Consultations (Section 7)
Available Data: Summary reports
Contact Information: Greg Goldsmith, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (greg_goldsmith@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - North Coast California Coho Salmon Investigation
Monitoring Targets: Range of coho salmon habitat in northern coastal California
Dates and Duration: 2001 - 2006
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: 26 tributaries to Humboldt Bay and 20 tributaries to the Lower Eel River
Data Collected: Presence and abundance of coho salmon and other species observed, and habitat characteristics
Available Data: Summary report available Fall 2007
Contact Information: Michelle Gilroy (mgilroy@dfg.ca.gov) or Mark Zuspan (mzuspan@dfg.ca.gov), at the California Department of Fish and Game
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Name of Program: NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service - Sturgeon Migration Monitoring Program
Monitoring Targets: West coast migration patterns of green sturgeon
Dates and Duration: Since 2004
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Four hydrophone stations in Humboldt Bay and one in the Eel River Delta
Data Collected: Length, sex, blood serum and tissue samples for genetic analysis during tagging, and date, time and location of tagged sturgeon during migration
Available Data: Published article
Contact Information: Contact either Steve Lindley at National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Cruz, or Bill Pinnix (bill_pinnix@fws.gov) or Jason Ogawa (jason_ogawa@fws.gov), at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata
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Name of Program: Pacific Lumber Company - Aquatic Habitat Inventory
Monitoring Targets: Fish and aquatic species habitat inventory
Dates and Duration: Since 1998
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: 16 indes reaches in Freshwater Creek, Elk River (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Water temperature, large woody debris, substrate, canopy and riparian habitat, and stream cross-sections are recorded for index reaches.
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Kate Sullivan, Pacific Lumber Company (ksullivan@scopac.com)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Marine Invertebrate Management Project
Monitoring Targets: Mollusk and other invertebrate population monitoring
Dates and Duration: Beginning in 2008
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Fishing effort, and length, weight, and frequency of mollusks
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Brooke McVeigh, California Department of Fish and Game, Marine Region, Eureka (bmcveigh@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: Green Diamond Resource Company - Fisheries Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Juvenile and adult salmonid population estimates
Dates and Duration: Since 2004 (rotary scew trap)
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Ryan Slough, Morrison Gulch, Salmon Creek (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Number of redds and adult salmonids, numbers, length and weight of juvenile salmonids, PIT tag number (PIT tags are applied to untagged juvenile salmonids)
Available Data: Annual reports available upon request and Habitat Conservation Plan
Contact Information: Green Diamond Resource Company, California Timberlands Division (707) 668-4400
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game – Freshwater Creek Salmonid Monitoring Program
Monitoring Targets: Juvenile and adult salmonid population estimates and survival rates
Dates and Duration: Year-round since 2001
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Freshwater Creek (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Length and weight of salmonids, PIT tag number (PIT tags are applied to untagged salmonids)
Available Data: Annual reports
Contact Information: Seth Ricker, California Department of Fish and Game, Arcata (sricker@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - North Coast Watershed Improvement Center
Monitoring Targets: Riparian and instream habitat assessment and salmonid presence
Dates and Duration: Summers since 1990
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: 28 tributaries to Humbolt Bay and 15 tributaries to the Lower Eel River
Data Collected: Extent of salmonid habitat, quality of freshwater habitat (eg. pools, substrate, temperature, large wood)
Available Data: Stream survey reports
Contact Information: Gary Flosi, California Department of Fish and Game, Fortuna (gflosi@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: University of California, Sea Grant Extension - Groundfish Trap Design
Monitoring Targets: Effectiveness of sampling methods for marine groundfish species
Dates and Duration: Monthly since summer 2006
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Fish abundance, diversity, and length
Available Data: Summary report
Contact Information: Pete Nelson, Sea Grant Extension, Eureka (panelson@ucdavis.edu)
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Name of Program: Western Regional Aquaculture Center – The Ecological and Potential Impacts of Molluscan Shellfish Culture in the Estuarine Environment
Monitoring Targets: Impacts of oyster aquaculture on eelgrass communities
Dates and Duration: 2001-2003

Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: West Coast including Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Eelgrass cover and density and benthic invertebrate diversity and abundance inside and outside oyster production areas and eelgrass meadows
Available Data: Annual and summary reports
Contact Information: Steve Rumrill, Oregon Division of State Lands (steve.rumrill@state.or.us) or Vicki Frey, California Department of Fish and Game, Eureka (vfrey@dfg.ca.gov)
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Vegetation Projects
Name of Program: University of California, Sea Grant Extension - Humboldt Bay Cooperative Eelgrass Project
Monitoring Targets: Density of eelgrass populations and above ground biomass of eelgrass beds
Dates and Duration: Bi-annually 2001-2006, now annually in summer
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: 15 randomly selected sites plus one permanent transect within Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Weight of above ground biomass, plant size, plant density within sample area
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Susan Schlosser, SeaGrant Extension Program, Eureka, scschlosser@ucdavis.edu, or John Mello, CA Dept. Fish & Game, Eureka (jmello@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: California State Univeristy System - Center for Integrative Coastal Observation, Research and Education (CICORE)
Monitoring Targets: Using hyperspectral imagery to detect and map eelgrass beds and other vegetation
Dates and Duration: 2004 Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Hyperspectral images of Humboldt Bay
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Frank Shaughnessy, CICORE Chair and Humboldt State University Professor, Arcata (fjs3@humboldt.edu)
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Name of Program: Bureau of Land Management - Managed Lands Coastal Vegetation Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Rare and native plant population trends on BLM lands
Dates and Duration: Annually since 1994
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: South Spit and four designated areas on the North Spit of Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Frequency, percent cover, and some density data of rare and native plants along transects
Available Data: Annual Reports available upon request
Contact Information: Jennifer Wheeler, Bureau of Land Management, Arcata (Jennifer_wheeler@ca.blm.gov)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Western Lily Population Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Local population of Western Lily
Dates and Duration: Since the mid 1980s
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Undisclosed locations within the Humoldt Bay-Eel River Delta project area
Data Collected: Plant density and total population
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Karen Kovacs, California Department of Fish and Game, Eureka (kkovacs@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Sensitive Species Population Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Distribution and population estimates of Menzies' wallflower, western lily, and beach layia
Dates and Duration: Western lily since 1987, Menzies' wallflower and beach layia since 2003
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Table Bluff, South Spit, Lanphere Dunes, Ma-le'l Dunes (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Vegetation communities, population size and amount of habitat occupied by sensitive species, and mapping
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: David Imper (david_imper@fws.gov) or Andrea Pickart (andrea_pickart@fws.gov), at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Rare Plant Surveys on Refuge Lands
Monitoring Targets: Distribution and density of rare wetland and dune plants on refuge lands
Dates and Duration: Since 1980s Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge units including Salmon Creek, Hookton Slough, Mad River Slough, Ma-le'l Dunes, and Lanphere Dunes
Data Collected: Differs between species but may include percent cover, abundance, distribution mapping, and presense of disease
Available Data: Summary reports and additional data available upon request
Contact Information: Andrea Pickart, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lanphere Dunes Refuge (andrea_pickart@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Wetland and Dune Vegetation Mapping
Monitoring Targets: Distribution of wetland, palustrine, and dune vegetation
Dates and Duration: 2005, 2007 Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge including Hookton Slough, White Slough and Salmon Creek units, plus coastal dune habitats
Data Collected: Alliance-based vegetation classification and photo-interpretation using heads-up digitizing
Available Data: Summary report
Contact Information: Andrea Pickart, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lanphere Dunes Refuge (andrea_pickart@fws.gov).
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Name of Program: Humboldt Coastal Dunes Cooperative - Dune Vegetation Mapping
Monitoring Targets: Coastal dune and wetland plant communities
Dates and Duration: Since 2007 Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Coastal dune and wetland habitats along Humbolt Bay and Eel River Delta
Data Collected: Percent cover, alliance and distribution of each species to populate a geo-database and calibrate vegetation classification software.
Available Data: Geo-database and summary reports
Contact Information: Andrea Pickart, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Lanphere Dunes Refuge, (andrea_pickart@fws.gov).
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Name of Program: Humboldt Bay Harbor District - SeagrassNet
Monitoring Targets: Changes in eelgrass populations over time
Dates and Duration: Quarterly since 2007
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: 2 transects in Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Cover, canopy height, plant density, total biomass, salinity, sediment core sample, photo record, voucher specimens
Available Data: Website
Contact Information: David Hull, Humboldt Bay Harbor District (dhull@portofhumboldtbay.org)
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Invasive Species Projects
Name of Program: University of California Sea Grant Extension - European Green Crab Monitoring in Humboldt Bay
Monitoring Targets: Trap and remove european green crabs
Dates and Duration: Annually in the summer since 1997
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: 10 sites in Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Size, sex, and weight of crabs
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Susan Schlosser, Sea Grant Extension, Eureka, (scschlosser@ucdavis.edu)
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Name of Program: University of California Sea Grant Extension - Humboldt Bay Dwarf Eelgrass, Zostera japonica, Eradication Project
Monitoring Targets: Non-native seagrass (Zostera japonica)
Dates and Duration: Year-round, weekly or monthly since 2003
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Near the Arcata Marsh and on the north shore of Indian Island (Humboldt Bay), plus shoreline surveys of Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: GPS location, patch size, two sediment cores to 10cm, above and below ground biomass, and shore surveys looking for new colonies once a year.
Available Data: Annual reports
Contact Information: Susan Schlosser, Sea Grant Extension, Eureka (scschlosser@ucdavis.edu)
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Name of Program: Portland State University - Spartina Watch Program
Monitoring Targets: To identify possible seed sources and dispersion patterns of Spartina along the west coast of the U.S.
Dates and Duration: 2004-2006 Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Final location and beaching date of driftcards released from Humboldt Bay and elsewhere, and estimated ocean surface water velocity
Available Data: Summary report
Contact Information: Vanessa Howard, Portland State University, Oregon (vhoward@pdx.edu), or Bill Pinnix, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (bill_pinnix@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Invasive Dune Vegetation Removal and Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Distribution and density of invasive vegetation, and monitoring of treatment methods
Dates and Duration: Since 1992
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Presence, distribution mapping and percent cover of invasive vegetation, and effectiveness monitoring of control treatments
Available Data: GIS layers upon request and summary reports
Contact Information: Andrea Pickart at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lanphere Dunes Refuge (andrea_pickart@fws.gov) or Patti Clifford at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lanphere Dunes Refuge (patricia.clifford@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Refuge Invasive Mapping and Control Volunteer Program
Monitoring Targets: Presence and efficacy of removal of invasive marsh vegetation in palustrine wetland refuges
Dates and Duration: Since 2002
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Hookton Slough, White Slough, Table Bluff and Salmon Creek units
Data Collected: Identification to species, percent cover, GPS coordinates, manual removal of invasive species, and qualitative monitoring of treatment effectivness
Available Data: Annual reports
Contact Information: Patti Clifford at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lanphere Dunes Refuge (patricia_clifford@fws.gov)
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Wildlife Projects
Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Mourning Dove Monitoring Program
Monitoring Targets: Mourning dove population trends
Dates and Duration: July and August since 2005
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Table Bluff (watershed boundary between Eel River and Humboldt Bay), Eel River Wildlife Area (Eel River Delta)
Data Collected: Bird banding and population estimates
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Dave Lancaster, California Department of Fish and Game, Eureka (dlancaster@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Midwinter Waterfowl Survey
Monitoring Targets: Trends in waterfowl diversity and abundance
Dates and Duration: Annually in January since 1940s
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Bottomlands of Eel River Delta and Humboldt Bay, and nearshore ocean habitats
Data Collected: Total counts of each waterfowl species observed
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Dave Lancaster, California Department of Fish and Game, Eureka (dlancaster@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Resident Mallard Duck Monitoring/Banding Program
Monitoring Targets: Resident mallard duck populations
Dates and Duration: Annually in July since 1992
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Mad River Slough, Fay Slough, Elk River, Eel River wildlife areas and the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Data Collected: Populations are estimated using a mark (banding) and recapture method
Available Data: Annual summary reports
Contact Information: Karen Kovacs, Department of Fish and Game (kkovacs@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Yellow-billed Cuckoo Surveys
Monitoring Targets: Yellow-billed cuckoo distribution
Dates and Duration: Once annually in mid-July since 2005
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Lower Eel River and Eel River Wildlife Area
Data Collected: Presence data
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Karen Kovacs, California Department of Fish & Game, Eureka (kkovacs@dfg.ca.gov) or Gary Falxa, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (gary_falxa@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Avian Influenza Surveillance
Monitoring Targets: Signs of avian influenza in local bird populations
Dates and Duration: Since 2006
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Mad River Slough Wildlife Area, Fay Slough Wildlife Area (Humboldt Bay), and Eel River Wildlife Area
Data Collected: Blood and fecal samples
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Karen Kovacs, California Department of Fish and Game, Eureka (kkovacs@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northern Red-legged Frog Breeding Phenology Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Breeding phenology of red-legged frogs in the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Dates and Duration: October 2006 - April 2007
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (southern Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Location and total count of egg-masses
Available Data: Summary report
Contact Information: Jamie Bettaso, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (jamie_bettaso@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northern Red-legged Frog Malformation Study
Monitoring Targets: Occurance and frequency of physically malformed frogs
Dates and Duration: Bi-weekly during summer in 2002, 2003, and 2004
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (southern Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Occurance and percentage of malformed northern red-legged frogs, collection of aquatic snails for parasite studies
Available Data: Final report
Contact Information: Jamie Bettaso, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (jamie_bettaso@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: University of California, Sea Grant Extension - Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team (COASST)
Monitoring Targets: Seabird mortality
Dates and Duration: Monthly since November 2006
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Coastal beaches between Table Bluff and Del Norte County
Data Collected: Size, species, and number of deceased seabirds on coastal beaches, each bird is photographed and banded
Available Data: Annual and quarterly reports
Contact Information: Pete Nelson, Sea Grant Extension, Eureka (panelson@ucdavis.edu)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish and Game - Aleutian Goose Working Group, Population Estimate and Monitoring Program
Monitoring Targets: Population size of aleutian cackling geese and utilization patterns on CDFG lands
Dates and Duration: Annually in March since 2002
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Mad River Slough Wildlife Area, Fay Slough Wildlife Area, Elk River Wildlife Area (Humboldt Bay), and Eel River Wildlife Area
Data Collected: Mark and recapture method to estimate population size and density and distribution data
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Dave Lancaster (dlancaster@dfg.ca.gov) or Karen Kovacs (kkovacs@dfg.ca.gov), California Department of Fish and Game, Eureka
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Name of Program: Humboldt State University - Black Brant and Zostera Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Interactions between black brant and eelgrass populations
Dates and Duration: Data exist since 1931
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Southern Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Seasonal Zostera phenology, observations of tarsal banded black brant
Available Data: Published articles and website
Contact Information: Jeff Black, Humboldt State University (jmb7002@humboldt.edu)
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Name of Program: Humboldt State University - Humboldt Bay Waterfowl Surveys
Monitoring Targets: Species diversity and behavior of Humboldt Bay waterfowl
Dates and Duration:
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Species identification, breeding behavior and predation risk
Available Data: Website
Contact Information: Jeff Black, Humboldt State University (jmb7002@humboldt.edu)
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Name of Program: Humboldt State University - Humboldt Bay Goose Study
Monitoring Targets: Habitat utilization and behavior of migratory geese
Dates and Duration: Data exist since 2001
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Habitat preference, habitat characteristics of roosts, nests, and brood rearing sites, breeding behavior, and public observation
Available Data: Published articles and website
Contact Information: Jeff Black, Humboldt State University (jmb7002@humboldt.edu)
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Name of Program: Humboldt State University - River Otter Demography Study
Monitoring Targets: Information on local river otter populations
Dates and Duration: Data exist since 2001
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Throughout Northern California, including Humboldt Bay and the Eel River Delta
Data Collected: Population tracking, habitat utilization, prey preferences, and public observation
Available Data: Website
Contact Information: Jeff Black, Humboldt State University (jmb7002@humboldt.edu)
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Restoration Monitoring Projects
Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Coastal Restoration Monitoring and Evaluation Program
Monitoring Targets: Evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of restoration projects
Dates and Duration: Since 2005
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Eight sites in Humboldt Bay and eleven sites in the Eel River Delta
Data Collected: Qualitative and quantitative surveys of restoration projects and habitat characteristics before and after project implementation
Available Data: Annual reports
Contact Information: Barry Collins, California Department of Fish and Game, Fortuna (bcollins@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: California Department of Fish & Game - Restoration Monitoring for Permit Compliance
Monitoring Targets: Changes in wildlife composition on Fish and Game lands due to enhancement activities
Dates and Duration: Five-year programs at varying stages of completeness
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Mad River Slough Wildlife Area, Fay Slough Wildlife Area (Humboldt Bay), and Eel River Wildlife Area
Data Collected: Pre-project and post-project bird and vegetation surveys for species diversity, distribution and abundance
Available Data: Annual reports upon request
Contact Information: Karen Kovacs, California Department of Fish & Game, Eureka (kkovacs@dfg.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: City of Arcata - Restoration Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Effectiveness of restoration and enhancement projects
Dates and Duration: Five-year programs at varying stages of completeness
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Gannon and McDaniels sloughs, Campbell, Beith, Janes, Jolly Giant, and Grotzman creeks, and at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Vegetation surveys, channel geometry and instream habitat availability
Available Data: Management plan
Contact Information: Julie Neander, City of Arcata (jneander@arcatacityhall.org)
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Water Quality Projects
Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Water Quality Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Water quality changes in response to tidegate replacement
Dates and Duration: 2006, 2007
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Gannon Slough and the tidal portion of Salmon Creek (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Stage (water elevation), specific conductance, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen
Available Data: Field notes
Contact Information: Paul Zedonis, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (paul_zedonis@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: Humboldt Baykeeper - Toxics Initiative
Monitoring Targets: Characterizing contaminated sites through soil and water quality testing for industry based toxins and prioritizing sites for clean-up
Dates and Duration: Since 2004
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Current and historically industrial sites between the Eel River Delta and the Klamath River, including Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Surface water, ground water, and soil quality testing for a suite of industrial toxins (e.g. pentachlorophenol, dioxin, PCBs, hydrocarbons, and pesticides)
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Pete Nichols, Humboldt Baykeeper (pete@humboldtbaykeeper.org)
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Name of Program: California State Univeristy System - Center for Integrative Coastal Observation, Research and Education (CICORE)
Monitoring Targets: Daily water quality and meterological data
Dates and Duration: Every 15 minutes since 2003
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Eureka Commercial Dock "B" and Kramer Dock in South Field's Landing (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Turbidity, chlorophyll, pH, depth of MLLW, DO, salinity, temperature
Available Data: Website
Contact Information: Dr. Frank Shaughnessy, Humboldt State University Professor (fjs3@humboldt.edu)
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Name of Program: Wiyot Tribe - Water Pollution Control Program
Monitoring Targets: Environmental water quality and chemical pollution
Dates and Duration: Bi-weekly or quarterly since 2004
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: McNulty Slough (Eel River Delta), Mad River Slough, Bay Entrance, Indian Island (Humboldt Bay), Table Bluff
Data Collected: Temperature, specific conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, Total coliform, fecal coliform, nitrogen, phosphorous, PCBs, dioxins, suspended solids, gasoline, diesel, oil, priority metals, semi-volatile organic compounds
Available Data: Website, annual reports
Contact Information: Dylan Gray, Environmental Specialist 1, Wiyot Tribe (dylan@wiyot.us), or Jon Mooney, Environmental Director, Wiyot Tribe (jon@wiyot.us)
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Name of Program: Humboldt Baykeeper - First Flush: Citizen Water Quality Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Water quality after first autumn rainfall
Dates and Duration: October or November since 2005, dry weather monitoring occurs in September
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Palco Marsh, Campton and Fern, Clark Slough, McFarlan Creek, Target, Swain Slough, Cochran Creek, Siedel Rd, Jacoby Creek, Jolly Giant Creek, Campbell Creek, Janes Creek, Liscom Slough, Hwy 101, Butchers Slough, Butchers Slough trib, Grotzman at Buttermilk, and Grotzman at Beverley (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Nitrate, orthophosphate, fecal coliform, copper, zinc, lead, chromium, cadmium, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH
Available Data: Annual data summary reports
Contact Information: Jennifer Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper (jkalt@asis.com)
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Name of Program: Humboldt Baykeeper - Coastwide Snapshot Day
Monitoring Targets: Stormwater water quality
Dates and Duration: Each May since 2006
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: 23 sites in the Humboldt Bay watershed
Data Collected: Water levels of zinc, lead, copper, fecal and total coliform, phosphate, nitrate, hardness, pH, turbidity, temperature, salinity, specific conductivity, and dissolved oxygen
Available Data: Annual data reports upon request
Contact Information: Jennifer Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper (jkalt@asis.com)
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Name of Program: City of Eureka - Stormwater Division
Monitoring Targets: Water quality analysis (laboratory and data), and water quality sampling associated with the recommendation and enforcement of best management practices
Dates and Duration: Since 2006
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Eureka city limits
Data Collected: Metals (copper, zinc, lead), nitrate, phosphate, hardness, turbidity, fecal coliform, temperature, pH, conductivity, oil and grease, and organics (benzene, hydrocarbons, though infrequent due to cost), and GIS information on stormdrainage system
Available Data: Website, annual reports
Contact Information: Miles Slattery, Stormwater Division and chair of North Coast Stormwater Coalition (mslattery@ci.eureka.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: City of Arcata/Humboldt State University - Wastewater Utilization Program
Monitoring Targets: Creeks, wastewater, and stormwater water quality monitoring
Dates and Duration: Since 1995
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Jolly Giant, Campbell, Grotzman and Janes creeks, and the Arcata Marsh (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, biological oxygen demand, fecal coliform, salinty, conductivity, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, mosquito larvae, bioassays using aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates
Available Data: Annual reports, management plan, website
Contact Information: Kristine Brenneman, Humboldt State University (kjb2@humboldt.edu)
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Name of Program: California Department of Public Health - Preharvest Shellfish Protection and Biotoxin Monitoring Program
Monitoring Targets: Biotoxins that affect shellfish quality
Dates and Duration: Weekly since 1929 Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: US Coast Guard Pier, Indian Island Channel, Mad River Slough Beds (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Phytoplankton trawls and shellfish tissue testing for diatoms and dinoflagellates
Available Data: Monthly and annual reports
Contact Information: Gregg Langlois, California Department of Public Health (Gregg.Langlois@cdph.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: City of Arcata - Wastewater Monitoring and Shellfish Technical Advisory Committee
Monitoring Targets: Pathogen levels associated with wastewater treatment facilities
Dates and Duration: Since 1995 (Shellfish TAC) and earlier (wastewater treatment facility)
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Arcata wastewater treatment facility, and numerous sites around Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Fecal coliform levels, temperature, pH, and chlorine, total suspended solids and biological oxygen demand, dioxin, copper, zinc, and cyanide, and for 126 priority pollutants
Available Data: Summary report and website
Contact Information: Eric Lust, City of Arcata, Water/Wastewater Division (elust@cityofarcata.org)
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Name of Program: California Department of Public Health - Humboldt Bay Sanitary Surveys
Monitoring Targets: Pathogen levels near commercial shellfish beds
Dates and Duration: Monthly
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: 17 stations in Arcata Bay (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Pathogen concentrations, pollutions sources, changes in wastewater treatment facilities and local hydrology
Available Data: Annual reports, 12-year reports, and management plan
Contact Information: Gregg Langlois, California Department of Public Health (gregg.langlois@dph.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: USGS - National Water Information System
Monitoring Targets: Water quality taken at fixed streamflow stations
Dates and Duration: Monthly from 1951 to 1998
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Eel River at Scotia
Data Collected: Temperature, pH, specific conductance, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, carbonate, bicarbonate, periphyton biomass, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, phosphate, ortho-phosphate, carbon, hardness, metals, suspended sediment, chlorophyll, chemical toxins, fecal coliform, bedload sediment, and micro-organisms
Available Data: Website
Contact Information: Website for USGS Questions
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Name of Program: North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board - Water Quality Monitoring (SWAMP and NPDES)
Monitoring Targets: Water quality data gathered from a variety of federal, state and local programs
Dates and Duration: Various start dates and frequency depending on site
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay at Fields Landing, Arcata, and Eureka, Elk River, White Slough (Humboldt Bay), Van Duzen River, Eel River at Scotia, and Rio Dell, Strongs Creek, and Francis Creek (Lower Eel River)
Data Collected: Priority pollutants, nutrients, biological oxygen demand, temperature, trace metals, fecal coliform, pH, conductivity, organics, inorganics, and dissolved oxygen
Available Data: Website, and upon request
Contact Information: Richard Fadness, SWAMP, Santa Rosa (rfadness@waterboards.ca.gov); Tom Kimball, Division of Water Quality (tkimball@waterboards.ca.gov)
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Name of Program: Environmental Protection Agency - Clean Water Act
Monitoring Targets: Levels of pollutants in a water body and that water body's total maximum daily load (TMDL) for that pollutant
Dates and Duration: Since 1999
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Jacoby Creek, Elk River, Freshwater Creek, Humboldt Bay (Humboldt Bay), Van Duzen River, Lower Eel River (Eel River Delta)
Data Collected: Temperature, sediment, and toxins
Available Data: Reports, website
Contact Information: Richard Fadness, North Coast Regional Water Board (rfadness@waterboards.ca.gov)
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Hydrology Projects
Name of Program: McBain and Trush - Restoration Design
Monitoring Targets: Tidal and fresh water hydrology, geo-morphology, and fisheries monitoring in support of wetland restoration
Dates and Duration: Since 1999
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Tidal portions of Wood Creek, Jacoby Creek, and Rocky Gulch and Fay Slough (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Topography and elevation data, tidal and fresh water flow data, vegetation surveys, channel characteristics
Available Data: Summary reports
Contact Information: Darren Mireau at McBain and Trush, Arcata (darren@mcbaintrush.com)
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Name of Program: Randy Klein, Hydrologist - Sediment Yield Estimation for Jacoby Creek
Monitoring Targets: Estimates of sediment yield from the Jacoby Creek watershed
Dates and Duration: Every ten minutes since 2003
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Lower Jacoby Creek at Brookwood Bridge (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Turbidity, suspended sediment concentration, stream temperature, rainfall, and stream discharge rate
Available Data: Summary graphs available upon request
Contact Information: Randy Klein, Hydrologist (rdklein@sbcglobal.net)
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Name of Program: Salmon Forever-Watershed Watch - Turbidity and Suspended Sediment Yields Monitoring Program
Monitoring Targets: Turbidity and suspended sediment yields in coastal streams
Dates and Duration: Year-round since 1999
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Freshwater Creek, Elk Creek (Humboldt Bay), Cummings Creek (Lower Eel River watershed)
Data Collected: Turbidity, volume of sediment transported, stream flow, channel cross-sections
Available Data: Annual reports
Contact Information: Clark Fenton, Salmon Forever (clarkstr@humboldt1.com)
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Name of Program: California State Univeristy System - Center for Integrative Coastal Observation, Research and Education (CICORE)
Monitoring Targets: Humboldt Bay bathymetry
Dates and Duration: 2005
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Mulit- and high-beam sonar surveys
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Frank Shaughnessy, CICORE Chair and Humboldt State University Professor (fjs3@humboldt.edu)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Humboldt Bay Water Control Structure Inventory, Assessment and Mapping
Monitoring Targets: Culverts and tide gates surrounding Humboldt Bay
Dates and Duration: Completed in 2007
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Shoreline of Humboldt Bay and low gradient reaches of tributaries to Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: GPS location, function or purpose, ownership, and condition of water control structures plus assessment for fish passage and upstream habitat potential, photo points for some
Available Data: Map, report, and a GIS shape file on CalFish website
Contact Information: Greg Goldsmith, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (greg_goldsmith@fws.gov) or Paula Golightly, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (paula_golightly@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: Pacific Lumber Company - Hydrologic Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Hydrology of timberland streams
Dates and Duration: Since 2002
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: 20 stations in Freshwater Creek and Elk River (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Turbidity, stage, water temperature, suspended sediment
Available Data: Data available upon request
Contact Information: Kate Sullivan, Pacific Lumber Company (ksullivan@scopac.com)
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Name of Program: Green Diamond Resource Company - Hydrologic Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Hydrology of timberland streams
Dates and Duration: Since 2003
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Ryan Creek, McCloud Creek (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Water temperature, turbidity, stage, suspended sediment
Available Data: Annual reports available upon request and Habitat Conservation Plan
Contact Information: Green Diamond Resource Company, California Timberlands Division (707) 668-4400
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Name of Program: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service - Atmospheric Monitoring
Monitoring Targets: Atmospheric information collected from meteorological stations
Dates and Duration: Hourly since early 1900s (Eureka), since 1994 (Woodley Island), and since 2006 (Samoa)
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Samoa and Woodley Island (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Total precipitation, precipitation rate, atmospheric pressure, air temperature, visibility, wind speed, wind direction, wind gusts, sky cover, radiation (photosynthetically available and total), dew point temperature, and weather
Available Data: Website
Contact Information: Contact the National Weather Service through their website.
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Name of Program: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Survey - Ocean Current Surveys
Monitoring Targets: Ocean and Bay currents within Humboldt Bay
Dates and Duration: 2002-2004
Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: 7 stations within Humboldt Bay
Data Collected: Ocean and Bay current direction and strength
Available Data: Summary report
Contact Information: David Hull, Humboldt Bay Harbor District (dhull@portofhumboldtbay.org)
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Name of Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Conservation Partnerships
Monitoring Targets: Hydrologic responses to estuarine restoration
Dates and Duration: Since January 2007
Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Salmon Creek, McDaniels Slough (Humboldt Bay)
Data Collected: Stage (water elevation), channel geometry, and channel profile
Available Data: Annual reports
Contact Information: Conor Shea, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata (conor_shea@fws.gov)
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Name of Program: Humboldt County Public Works Department - Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project
Monitoring Targets: Physical and biological characteristics of the Salt River watershed and estuary
Dates and Duration: Since 2007 Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Salt River and tributaries thereto (Eel River Delta)
Data Collected: Sediment studies, channel geometry, channel profile, topography, vegetation surveys
Available Data: Summary reports and website
Contact Information: Hank Seeman, Humboldt County Public Works Department, Eureka (hseemann@co.humboldt.ca.us)
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Ecosystems Projects
Name of Program: University of California, Sea Grant Extension - Ecosystem Based Management
Monitoring Targets: Land and resource management and research from an ecological perspective
Dates and Duration: Continually since 2007 Baseline or Ongoing: Ongoing
Location: Humboldt Bay watershed
Data Collected: Local studies and reports, area priorities for research and management, funding opportunities
Available Data: Website, meeting notes
Contact Information: Susan Schlosser, Sea Grant Extension, Eureka (scschlosser@ucdavis.edu)
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Name of Program: Humboldt Bay Harbor District - California Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands
Monitoring Targets: Relative health of a wetland based on 17 wetland characteristics
Dates and Duration: 2005, 2007 Baseline or Ongoing: Baseline
Location: Humboldt Bay and Eel River Delta including Mad River Slough, Jacoby Creek (Humboldt Bay), and the Eel River Wildlife Area
Data Collected: Visually observable information on lanscape connectivity and buffer, hydrology, physical structure, and biotic structure as well as identification of stressors
Available Data: Website
Contact Information: David Hull, Humboldt Bay Harbor District (dhull@portofhumboldtbay.org)
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