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Summary of environmental flow monitoring for the Sustainable Rivers Project on the Middle Fork Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, western Oregon, 2014–15

Open-File Report 2016-1186

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The Nature Conservancy
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DOI:10.3133/ofr20161186

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Abstract

This report presents the results of an ongoing environmental flow monitoring study by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and U.S. Geological Survey in support of the Sustainable Rivers Project (SRP) of TNC and USACE. The overarching goal of this study is to evaluate and characterize relations between streamflow, geomorphic processes, and black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) recruitment on the Middle Fork Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, western Oregon, that were hypothesized in earlier investigations. The SRP can use this information to plan future monitoring and scientific investigations, and to help mitigate the effects of dam operations on streamflow regimes, geomorphic processes, and biological communities, such as black cottonwood forests, in consultation with regional experts. The four tasks of this study were to:

  1. Compare the hydrograph from Water Year (WY) 2015 with hydrographs from WYs 2000–14 and the SRP flow recommendations,
  2. Assess short-term and system-wide changes in channel features and vegetation throughout the alluvial valley section of the Middle Fork Willamette River (2005–12),
  3. Examine changes in channel features and vegetation over two decades (1994–2014) for two short mapping zones on the Middle Fork Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, and
  4. Complete a field investigation of summer stage and the growth of black cottonwood and other vegetation on the Middle Fork Willamette and McKenzie Rivers in summer 2015.

Suggested Citation

Jones, K.L., Mangano, J.F., Wallick, J.R., Bervid, H.D., Olson, Melissa, Keith, M.K., and Bach, Leslie, 2016, Summary of environmental flow monitoring for the Sustainable Rivers Project on the Middle Fork Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, western Oregon, 2014–15: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1186, 91 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161186.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Significant Findings
  • Introduction
  • Study Overview
  • Analysis Tasks
  • Synthesis of Findings
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix A. Environmental Flow Monitoring Considerations for the Sustainable Rivers Project in the Willamette River Basin

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Summary of environmental flow monitoring for the Sustainable Rivers Project on the Middle Fork Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, western Oregon, 2014–15
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2016-1186
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20161186
Year Published:
2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Oregon Water Science Center
Description:
viii, 92 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Oregon
Other Geospatial:
Willamette River Basin
Online Only (Y/N):
Y