The SSHIAP information system is designed for watershed-, basin-, and regional-scale habitat analyses to focus salmonid protection and restoration efforts, and to detect trends in habitat over time. It is well suited for salmon production modeling efforts like those completed for the Skagit and Stillaguamish basins, and the recent Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment (EDT) analysis for all of the Columbia basin, lower Columbia tributaries, and Puget Sound Chinook. Data requests are currently handled on a case-by-case basis with assistance from a regional biologist. Other products currently in development include:
- A web-based, map-driven interface that will enable users to generate their own data summaries and GIS coverages of SSHIAP segments.
- Cleaned and routed hydrography layers.
- A cleaned hydrography layer, in the context of this project, is one in which all breaks in line work defining a stream have been removed and all arcs defining a stream are pointed downstream. A cleaned layer is necessary before routes can be defined that describe a stream.
- A routed hydrography layer refers to one in which all streams have been defined as routes within the ArcInfo® GIS environment. This data structure provides a means for defining events along linear features and is referred to as dynamic segmentation. Dynamic segmentation provides the ability to associate multiple sets of linear and point attributes to any segment of a linear feature such as a river or stream.
Projects since 2007:
- AquaScape Reorganization
- PSNERP-Geomorphology ?Current Condition? (2009)
- WQX Data Exchange (2009)
- CMER-IMS (2009)
- Culvert Case Support (on-going)
- JMX Data Exchange (2012)
- State of Our Watersheds Report (2012)
- Interactive Map Tools (ArcGIS for Flex) (launch in 2012)
- Fish Dist to NHD (WDFW Partner) (2013)
- PSP-Steelhead Model IP Habitat (24+K, NHD) (2013)
- Nearshore Data Exchange (2013)
Other examples of SSHIAP system cooperative efforts:
- Hood Canal Summer Chum Restoration and Recovery Planning;
- Coordination on data with King County;
- Coho Production Modeling in the South Fork Nooksack River basin;
- Salmon life history and habitat modeling with Facet Decision Systems – National Marine Fisheries Service;
- Fish distribution, habitat data, and GIS products with Washington Conservation Commission Limiting Factors Analysis (LFA) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP);
- University of Washington PRISM project;
Lake Washington Chinook Recovery Plan;
- Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment (EDT) modeling efforts for chinook and steelhead in the Nisqually River and Puget Sound basin;
- Integrated Natural Resource Data System (INRDS) in the Snohomish River basin;
- Blocked habitat assessment in 8 WRIAs with the Western Washington Treaty Tribes and the Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team;
- Salmon River and Quinault River Watershed Analyses with US Forest Service and US Geological Survey;
- Stream segment and habitat information with Washington DNR and Battell.