EFFECTIVENESS ASSESSMENT

Results of effectiveness studies are being communicated to decisionmakers as they plan the next round of recovery actions. The lessons emerging from these effectiveness studies will make future investments more effective, both in terms of cost and outcomes.

Example: Lessons learned about effective habitat restoration

For all estuary restoration projects, investigators documented the immediate use of newly created habitat by salmon and other species. For example, Skagit River restoration efforts added habitat to support an estimated 106,000 young Chinook salmon every year.

Lessons learned about effective habitat restoration are:

  • To support habitat formation, ensure a source of sediment and the channel structure to retain it.
  • Test new drainage infrastructure before removing old dikes.
  • Control invasive plants so native plants can take hold.

Current effectiveness monitoring fact sheets and narrative summaries include:

For more information on the Partnership’s Effectiveness Monitoring work, go to: http://www.psp.wa.gov/effectiveaction.php

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