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Lapwai Creek Stream Temperature Data for 2014. Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Data Categories Lapwai Creek, Water temperature
Dates of Data 2014 TO 2014
Data Set Status Complete
Data Set Update Schedule Annually
Date Data Set Published on StreamNet Data Store 04-27-2017
Project Name & Number 2002-070-00
Purpose of Data Set This project restores, protects and enhances steelhead spawning and rearing habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed. Information is collected to fill data gaps and BMPs are installed on agricultural and forest lands to achieve biological objectives.

Lapwai Creek historically provided spawning and rearing habitat for A-run wild summer steelhead in the Clearwater River Subbasin. However, the regular occurrence of extreme high runoff events and low summer flows, high summer water temperatures, poor instream/riparian cover, and siltation of spawning gravels have become limiting factors in the watershed. Low stream flows and a lack of adequate multi-layered riparian vegetation along with excessive sediment have reduced the suitability of Lapwai Creek and its tributaries as quality spawning and rearing habitat for anadromous and resident cold water fish. In addition, sediment, nutrients, and bacteria from existing land use practices adversely impact water quality. The primary pollutant sources and habitat degradations are agricultural, livestock, forestry and road practices. The large percentage of private land and low agricultural commodity prices prohibit landowners from implementing practices to solve these problems.

The Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (NPSWCD or District) requested funding for the Restoring Fish Habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed project proposal to enhance steelhead trout natural production within the Lapwai Creek watershed by improving salmonid spawning and rearing habitat. The project funds coordination, planning, technical assistance, conservation practice design and implementation, monitoring, and educational outreach to identify and correct problems associated with agricultural and livestock activities impacting water quality and salmonid habitat. The project addresses specific needs identified in the Clearwater Subbasin Summary 2001 Draft and the 2000 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program documents.

This proposal was coordinated with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), University of Idaho (U of I), Nez Perce Tribe (NPT), Clearwater Focus Program, Clearwater Basin Weed Committee, and the Nez Perce County Board of Commissioners.
Summary / Abstract Stream temperature data is collected to establish baseline water temperatures and assist in the inventory and identification of stream reaches with high water temperatures. The temperature measurements are recorded using temperature loggers (continual temperature recording devices) for the seasonal high summer temperatures.
Broad Biological Groups Not Applicable
Taxa Not Applicable
Location Lapwai Creek - Clearwater River, Nez Perce County, Idaho
NPCC Subbasins (2001 Subbasins) Provincial (Mountain Snake/Clearwater)
Hatcheries Not Applicable
Dams Not Applicable
Keywords Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District Lapwai Creek Stream Temperature Data 2014
Lead Person and Organization That Created the Data Set Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
Other Participating Organizations Funding provided by Bonneville Power Administration
Contact Person for Questions About the Data Name:  Nikki Lane
Organization:  Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District
Address:  P.O Box 131
Culdesac, ID  83524
Phone:  208-843-2931
Broad Category of Methods Field
Data Collection Methods Temperature loggers are placed inside housings supplied by the manufacturer, with desiccant and identification material. The duration was for 165 days at 1 hour intervals. The temperature loggers are also set to take the maximum temperature achieved over the preceding 1 hour period. Each temperature logger is placed inside the protective housing, and the housing is located in a metal case with cable. The cable tail is then attached to a permanent object on the bank. This temperature logger, metal case, and cable bundle is then placed in a relatively deep location with: 1) photos; 2) write on, aluminum, metal tags; 3) hand drawn sketches; and 4) measuring and recording compass position and distance from a permanent landmark. Field stream temperature measurements will be recorded when the devices are retrieved. The data is then downloaded and converted into a text format. Field
File Formats Microsoft Excel 2003 (*.xls)
jpeg files (*.jpg)
Data structure description See data set files.
URL where updated data may be available Not Applicable
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