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Evaluating Climate Change Impacts on Tribal Resources

To assist our member tribes in preparing for and adapting to the effects of climate change on their resources by conducting technical analysis of impacts and representing the tribes in regional technical planning on this issue.

Project Goal

To assist our member tribes in preparing for and adapting to the effects of climate change on their resources by conducting technical analysis of impacts and representing the tribes in regional technical planning on this issue.

Impacts

This project will provide estimates of climate change impacts on subbasin resources to update Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit and recovery plans. Decision support tools will be developed to assist tribes and other stakeholders to develop effective salmon and lamprey protection and restoration strategies.

Background

The intention of this project is to conduct and communicate technical analysis that will assist our member tribes in preparing for and adapting to the effects of climate change as it affects their natural resources, with an emphasis on salmon, steelhead, and lamprey populations. The project includes three principal components during the first year, including two technical analyses, and one scoping and coordination effort to engage the staff of our tribes in planning future phases of this project.

Project Tasks

  1. Collaboration and planning. We will collaborate both internally, with our member tribes, and externally, with other regional agencies, to provide the most useful products while avoiding duplication with ongoing efforts.
  2. Analysis of Tributary Stream Temperatures under Future Climate Change Scenarios. We will collaborate with USGS prototype modeling efforts in the Yakima Basin to insure that stream temperature effects are properly characterized in ecosystem-scale models.
  3. Evaluate future mainstem flow management scenarios. In preparation for Columbia River Treaty negotiations, we will work with the USACE, BPA. BOR, and UW CIG to incorporate climate change effects into river operation models.

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