Monitoring is the collection of representative environmental information through physical, chemical, and biological sampling. KBRT uses information gathered through monitoring efforts to assess the effects of land and water management choices on water quality and quantity, and adapts activities to assure maximum benefits for landowners, water, and wildlife. Examples of this includes contracting with Graham Matthews to identify areas of poor water quality in the Wood River Valley, as well as partnering with US Geological Survey to determine the status of Oregon Spotted Frog populations in the Klamath Basin.
Extensive monitoring conducted over time demonstrates KBRT is delivering high-quality water to Upper Klamath Lake and water users downstream. Monitoring on Deming Creek from 2009-2014 demonstrated that the instream flow restoration implemented by our water transactions department, coupled with management actions (riparian plantings, fencing, instream habitat improvement), has resulted in greater available habitat for redband trout (ODFW OR-EZG 41123).
Another study of water and nutrient balances in the Upper Klamath Basin indicated that KBRT’s restoration projects on Sevenmile Creek have made a notable reduction in Phosphorus loading in Upper Klamath Lake (Walker et al., 2012)
A new project for KBRT is monitoring the benefits of Diffuse Source Treatment Wetlands. You can find more information about these treatment wetlands in the Restoration section.
Walker, W., J. Walker, and J. Kann. 2012. Evaluation of Water and Nutrient Balances for the Upper Klamath Lake Basin in Water Years 1992-2010. Technical Report to the Klamath Tribes Natural Resources Department, Chiloquin, OR. 50 pp + Appendices.
ODFW. 2014. Deming Creek Critical Flow Restoration and Fish Passage Redband Trout Monitoring. OR-EZG 41123. Klamath Falls, OR.