USGS Washington Water Science Center
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The quantity and quality of instream habitat is one of many factors affecting aquatic organisms such as anadromous and non-anadromous salmonids. The measurement and assessment of instream habitat has been the focus of many habitat monitoring and restoration projects throughout the State of Washington. On-the-ground habitat monitoring is extremely important for specific variables and specific levels of detail, but it is often a slow and costly process. The quality of the habitat data can also vary depending on sampling methods.
The USGS in cooperation with the Washington Department of Ecology is proposing to use a relatively new technology, an aerial multispectral videography system, to evaluate the quantity and quality of instream and riparian habitat in the Upper White River Basin.