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Twenty Years of Monitoring Stream Habitat and Salmon


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Twenty Years of Monitoring Stream Habitat and Salmon

MidCoast Watersheds Council


For the past 22 years, the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (LSWCD) has been monitoring stream habitat conditions and the populations of salmon and steelhead on our central coast. Please join us for a presentation about the work of the MidCoast Monitoring Project (MCMP) and what has been learned from this long-term work.

The MCMP undertakes Aquatic Habitat Inventories and salmon and steelhead Spawning Grounds Surveys all over Lincoln County from the southern end near Yachats, up to the northern boundary in the Salmon River Basin. The Spawning Ground Surveys for adult Chinook, coho and chum salmon are conducted from late August to the end of January. From February to the end of May, steelhead and lamprey spawning grounds are surveyed.  Typically 50 stream miles are covered for Spawning Grounds Surveys. From June to mid-August salmonid habitats in the Central Coast are surveyed by conducting Aquatic Habitat Inventories on differing streams to document their conditions and changes over time.  Typically 10 miles of Aquatic Habitat Surveys are conducted annually.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by LSWCD Biosurveyor Mark Stone that will take a look at the past, present, and future activities of the MCMP and LSWCD, including beautiful images he’s gathered from some of the special places this work has taken him. Mark has worked with LSWCD since 1996, initially joining as part of the Hire-the-Fisher Program. His over two decades of experience working firsthand in the streams of this region have given him insight into on how stream habitat and salmonid populations have changed over time.

The presentation will take place in Room 205 on the upper floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach, at 777 NW Beach Drive. Refreshments will be provided. A MidCoast Watersheds Council Board meeting will follow the presentation with the following agenda: Financial report, Restoration report, Technical Team report, Administrative Team report and action items.

We hope to see you on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 at the Newport VAC!