Purpose

The Coordinated Assessments Partnership (CAP) Core Team generally serves to maintain forward momentum of the implementation of the Five-Year Plan for the Coordinated Assessments Partnership and other related CAP tasks. To learn more about CAP, see the CAP section of this website.

Goals and Objectives

  • Supports discussion among projects implementing the Five-Year Plan for the Coordinated Assessments Partnership
  • Directs requests for work to the appropriate CAP team or committee
  • Assists with implementation of the Five-Year Plan for the Coordinated Assessments Partnership
  • Informs and directs periodic CAP workshops

Background

CAP Core Team was established in 2010, when the agencies and tribes created CAP (previously named Coordinated Assessments “CA” project). The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority and PNAMP, with support from StreamNet, took the lead in organizing CAP, and their respective staff representatives made up the CAP Core Team.

The CAP had its origins in a series of sub-regional and regional workshops held in 2009, the Columbia Basin Anadromous Salmonid Monitoring Strategy (ASMS) Workshops (see Northwest Power and Conservation Council ASMS webpage). A key need identified in the Anadromous Salmonid Monitoring Strategy developed during this series of workshop was the need to improve the process for obtaining and combining viable salmonid population (VSP) attributes data from the various collectors of this data. This need was captured by the Coordinated Assessments Workgroup in a 2011 final draft version of the Columbia River Basin Collaborative Data Sharing Strategy: Salmon and Steelhead Population Abundance and Productivity Indicators (November 2011), which is available in the CAP Core Team Document Table.

Additional background information about CAP, as well as information on current activities, can be found on the PNAMP Coordinated Assessments Partnership webpage.

Diagram showing the relationships among the StreamNet Committees and Teams and the CAP Teams. The CAP Core Team provides support to all the other committees and teams.

Relationship with Other Teams and Committees

The CAP Core Team reports to StreamNet Executive Committee and StreamNet Steering Committee (SN SC) and supports CAP-related tasks as needed.

Meetings

The CAP Core Team meets monthly to coordinate implementation of CAP among partners, including partners receiving funding from BPA and other federal grants.

Members and Chair

The Core Team comprises of representatives from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP), Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC)-StreamNet, SN SC, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries), and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) Inter-Tribal Monitoring Data project (ITMD) who are directly responsible for ensuring that CAP produces usable results. Depending on the tasks being addressed by the CAP Core Team, additional representatives may be invited.

Current Members

Membership is adjusted depending on the expertise required for the tasks being addressed.
  • Jen Bayer, PNAMP (CAP Co-lead)
  • Nancy Leonard, PSMFC (CAP Co-lead)
  • Russell Scranton, BPA
  • Matthew Schwartz, BPA
  • John Arterburn, CCT
  • Sheryn Olson, CRITFC
  • Mari Williams, NOAA
  • Brodie Cox, WDFW

CAP Core Team Documents

FileDescriptionFile Date
Five-Year Plan for the Coordinated Assessments Partnership adopted 20190731 (revised 9Sept2021)

Revised version of the Five-Year Plan for the Coordinated Assessments Partnership adopted in 2019 and revised in 2021 during the September 9, 2021 Executive Committee meeting. This updated version of the plan describes the hatchery indicator work that is ongoing through the HCAX project, updates the approach for adding new content about the available of data for salmon and steelhead populations without CAP Fish HLIs and /or trends data, and updates the CRITFC ITMD project description.

2021
CAP FAQ 2020

Frequently asked questions are answered in this CAP FAQ document produced in 2020

2020
Coordinated Assessments Partnership 2020 Fact Sheet

Summary of the Coordinated Assessments Partnership, as of December 2020.

2020
CAP Workgroup Roles and Responsibilities

Implementation of the CAP in the Columbia River Basin is informed by the CAP 5-year Plan that is annually revisited by the StreamNet Executive Committee (SN ExCom) to ensure alignment with regional priorities. Data from the CAP are maintained and shared via the CAX , which is hosted by the StreamNet Program at PSMFC. The PNAMP facilitates discussions and activities needed to support implementation of CAP, maintains the historical records of CA, and coordinates regional communication via the CAP Outreach Forum’s distribution list. This document provides a description of the role and responsibilities of the groups and related projects involved in implementing the CAP.

2020
Data Sharing Workshop to Support Coordinated Assessments – Presentation Handouts (Oct 2010)

Provides an overview of the need stemming from the Anadromous Salmonid Monitoring Strategy (ASMS) for coordinated assessments, the supporting basin-wide drivers, and an overview of the Coordinated Assessments Work Plan.

2010
Anadromous Salmonid Monitoring Strategy Viable Salmonid Population Criteria and Subset of Tributary Habitat and Hatchery Effectiveness (July 2010)

During 2009 federal, state, and tribal fish and wildlife managers collaboratively worked together through a series of sub-regional and regional workshops, collectively referred to as the 2009 Columbia Basin Coordinated Anadromous Monitoring Workshop. The outcome of this collaboration was this coordinated Anadromous Salmonid Monitoring Strategy (ASMS). The goal of the ASMS is to provide an efficient and effective monitoring strategy that integrates viable salmonid population (VSP) criteria, habitat effectiveness, and hatchery effectiveness across multiple programs and geographic scales. The focus of the ASMS is to meet the needs of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish & Wildlife Program, ESA Recovery Plans, the Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion,, and federal, state, and tribal fish and wildlife programs in a cost-effective manner.

2010
Columbia River Basin Collaborative Data Sharing Strategy: Salmon and Steelhead Population Abundance and Productivity Indicators (2011 final draft)

The Coordinated Assessments Project was started in 2010 with the goal of improving the timeliness, reliability and transparency of the data necessary for regional assessments and management decisions. This Columbia River Basin Collaborative Data Sharing Strategy concludes the first two phases of the Coordinated Assessments project and identifies specific actions and activities for sharing three Viable Salmonid Population (VSP) indicators in the Columbia River Basin. Once progress has been achieved on these three indicators, the project will be expanded to include additional salmon and steelhead indicators as well as habitat and hatchery data

2011
Five-Year Plan for the Coordinated Assessments Partnership (v. 20200902)

Sep 2, 2020 Executive Committee Meeting – Five-Year Plan for Coordinated Assessments Partnership (v. 20200902)

2020
2018 StreamNet’s Report on RPA of the FCRPS BiOp (20190313)

StreamNet’s 2018 report to Bonneville Power Administration on how it informs the reasonable and prudent alternatives in NOAA’s Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Biological Opinion.

2019
Five-Year Plan for the Coordinated Assessments (v.20150722)

The Coordinated Assessments (CA) project is focused on addressing standardizing regional fish data for high level indicators. The project is a collaborative effort amongst many partners, working under the direction of the NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program and largely funded by BPA.  As data began to flow for the initial 4 indicators selected as a priority for this purpose, it became clear that a longer term plan for CA was needed. This document addresses that need. In July, 2015 the StreamNet Executive Committee (representatives of the Colville Tribes, WDFW, USFWS, IDFG, MFWP, ODFW, and CRITFC) adopted this plan as an outline for the CA going forward for the next five years.

2015
Coordinated Assessment Data Sharing Agreement (DSA), End User License Agreement (EULA), and Data Use Policy (v.20170808)

This DSA, EULA, and policy are intended for use with CA data sets that have passed QA and are ready for dissemination online. The StreamNet Steering and Executive Committees have reviewed this DSA and will remain avenues to discuss any changes or concerns that participants may have about access to these data.

2017
Five-Year Plan for the Coordinated Assessments (v. 20170928)

This is the 2017 revised version of the Coordinate Assessments Five Year plan for the project. In September 2017,  the StreamNet Executive Committee (representatives of BPA, NOAA, NPCC, the Colville Tribes, WDFW, USFWS, IDFG, MFWP, ODFW, and CRITFC) discussed this plan as an outline for Coordinated Assessments (CA) going forward for the next five years. The plan was reviewed and updated by the Committee and adopted September 28, 2017.

2017
Five-Year Plan for the Coordinated Assessments (v. 20190731)

This is the second five year plan for the project. In June, 2019 the StreamNet Executive Committee (representatives of BPA, NOAA, NPCC, the Colville Tribes, WDFW, USFWS, IDFG, MFWP, ODFW, and CRITFC) discussed this plan as an outline for Coordinated Assessments (CA) going forward for the next five years. The plan was reviewed and updated by the Committee and adopted August 1, 2019. CA initially focused on providing data to address the Viable Salmonid Population (VSP) data needs of NOAA for 5 year status reviews. As data began to flow for the initial 4 indicators selected as a priority for this purpose, it became clear that a longer term plan for CA was needed. This document addresses that need. The intent is for the CA project to be a collaborative, consensus based effort. All participants, including non-StreamNet partners, are encouraged to share any concerns or issues they may have about this document or CA in general. We will attempt to address such concerns to the greatest extent possible.

2019
Citing Aquatic Monitoring Data Sets: Best Practice Recommendations for Authoritative Data Citation

We explore best practices and provide recommendations for including robust metadata attributes within data sets to enable data publication and citation using the CA and SPS data repositories as case studies. From reviewing the current citations possible from the CA and the SPS we recommend at minimum that natural resource monitoring databases contain: metadata to identify organizations that generated the data; contact persons for each organization that contributes data to an aggregated data set; and that metadata be incorporated into databases to enable autogenerated citations that recognize all contributing organizations with time-stamped versions of the data delivered.

2019
CAP Newsletter (Issue 1)

This is the first issue of the CAP newsletter. The StreamNet Executive Committee, during its September 2, 2020 meeting, supported adding a CAP Newsletter task to the Coordinated Assessments Five Year Plan. The CAP newsletter would be produced twice a year and serve to convey CAP and partner activities, including information about CAP process and activities, priorities in the CAP Five-Year plan, CAP data updates, improvements to the data exchange standards, and partner spotlight.

2020
SCADE CAX Final Report for 2013-2015, EPA Exchange Network Grant

This is the final report for the EPA funded Salmonid Coordinated Assessments Data Exchange (CAX) project. the Salmon CAX project  improved the ability of partners to manage, exchange, access and use these data in support of improved local and regional environmental management decisions.  While this report summarizes the accomplishments achieved under that grant, the CA project will continue through multiple funding sources. This SCADE CAX Final Report covers tasks performed under the EPA Exchange Network Grant between 2013 and 2015 (URLs updated 2021).

2015