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A Newsletter from StreamNet
A Fish Data Delivery Project for the Pacific Northwest
Issue #12 - May 28, 2010
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Welcome to the twelfth StreamNet News!

Table of Contents

  1. Data category renamed in the StreamNet online data query system
  2. StreamNet mixed-scale hydrography updated
  3. Montana Crucial Areas Planning System
  4. We can help you recover information stored on obsolete media
  5. WorldCat


We have renamed a data category in the online data query system. The previous "Adult Return-Peak/Other Spawning Counts" is now referred to as "Adult Return-Spawner Counts". This change was made to more accurately describe the nature of the data. The term "peak" in the old name had been used in at least two different ways in the data:

  1. as the maximum of repeated counts conducted during a spawning season
  2. as a single count done at what is believed to be the likely peak of the spawning season.

The word "Other" in the name was a source of confusion. The new name accurately describes the data without attempting to be overly specific. Specifics are contained in other parts of each data record so no information has been lost.

In addition to the above change, a number of improvements have been made to the online data query system. If you ever run into trouble or have questions about the query system or the data you obtain, please click the "Contact Us" link, call us at 503-595-3100, or email us at We're always happy to provide whatever assistance might be needed.


StreamNet's regional hydrography GIS layer provides the georeferencing framework for the vast majority of regionally standardized fish data delivered through StreamNet. We continue to improve this layer and have just released version 2.

In this new version, watercourse features within the state of Oregon are now sourced from a higher resolution (1:24,000 scale or finer) dataset compiled by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). This update adds nearly 5,200 new watercourse features to our regional database (over 4,600 in Oregon, 571 in Washington and another 25 in Idaho & Montana). Originating from the PNW Hydrography Framework layer, the new Oregon linework is mostly coincident with the high-resolution National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). Interoperability with this national dataset remains a long-term goal of the StreamNet project.

Along with this upgrade, additional fish data will be available via our web query system in the coming weeks - primarily within Oregon. Future hydrography updates will occur on a more or less annual basis in order to keep the regional system compatible with the hydrography used by our partners' internal systems. While we do not encourage other entities to use our new mixed scale hydrography for referencing their data, this new version is available for download from the GIS section of our website. Please send any hydrography or other GIS related questions to


In 2008, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) took the lead in conducting a Crucial Areas Assessment. The Assessment evaluated the fish, wildlife, and recreational resources of Montana in order to identify crucial areas and fish and wildlife corridors. The Assessment is part of a larger conservation effort that recognizes the importance of landscape scale management of species and habitats by fish and wildlife agencies.

The result, in part, is a web-based Crucial Areas Planning System (CAPS), a new MFWP mapping service aimed at future planning for a variety of development and conservation purposes so fish, wildlife, and recreational resources can be considered early in project planning. CAPS is intended to provide useful and non-regulatory information during the early planning stages of development projects, conservation opportunities, and environmental review. Extensive background and current information on the Assessment, and on CAPS, can be found on the CAPS website. Fisheries data available from CAPS was generated from the Montana Fisheries Information System (MFISH), Montana's StreamNet component.


Do you have information on older media that you can no longer access? If so, we may be able to help you recover these items.

The StreamNet Library can read the following types of media:

  • Microfiche
  • Microfilm
  • 5.25 in floppy disks
  • 3.5 floppy disks
  • ZIP drives

Microfiche and microfilm can be converted to digital format.

The StreamNet Library will recover information without cost for fish and wildlife management agencies, and for Native American tribes in the Columbia River Basin. For others, the cost is $25 per disk.

StreamNet personnel at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Olympia can help recover information from the following types of media:

  • 5.25 inch floppy disks
  • 3.5 inch floppy disks
  • 100 MB zip drives
  • 8 inch Bernoulli disks (10MB)
  • 5.25 inch Bernoulli disks (20MB)
  • DC 2120 (QIC-80) 120MB and 170MB tapes.

WDFW StreamNet can also capture files directly from older computers that have a parallel or serial port. Recovered files can be written to CD, which can then be read by a modern computer. WDFW will generally recover files on an ad-hoc basis for fisheries management agencies and tribes that are partners with Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

If you have files you would like to capture from these older types of media, please call StreamNet at 503-595-3100.


Are you familiar with WorldCat? The StreamNet Library participates in the WorldCat network and can help you use WorldCat to obtain hard to find materials from around the country or around the world.

WorldCat is a database of books, journal articles, internet resources, and recordings. It is the world's largest network of library content and services. You can easily search the collections of thousands of libraries around the world. As stated in a March 17, 2010 letter from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to its member libraries, "Through cooperation and contribution, WorldCat now serves scholars, students and searchers on every continent, across 170 countries. Member organizations have contributed more than 1.8 billion holdings to WorldCat and the world is using this vital resource at steadily increasing rates. To date, more than 600 million searches have led users to and access to library collections and this year, another 40 million new records will be added to WorldCat."

Library research through is free via the Internet. WorldCat also has an application for mobile phones that allows you to search for materials and then shows a listing of the closest libraries that own those materials. While you don't need to have an account, we recommend that researchers create a free account for the various tools that are available, including the ability to create personal libraries of materials. These lists are great for tracking items you own, or would like to obtain. In addition to creating your own list, you can watch other users' lists.

You can 'favorite' the libraries you frequent so those show up first when looking for materials. You can also save searches for updating bibliographies and tag materials to group materials by your topics.

The StreamNet Library has access to many of the services provided by OCLC and recommends WorldCat as a resource for those with limited budgets. When you find items on WorldCat that you would like to see, feel free to stop by the StreamNet Library. Or if the material is at another library and not close by, we can request to borrow the materials for you. Using WorldCat and the StreamNet Library together can help you finally obtain those rare fisheries documents that can be so elusive.

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StreamNet is a cooperative, multi-agency effort among the Columbia River Basin's state, tribal, and federal fisheries agencies, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC), the Bonneville Power Administration, and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to compile fish-related data. We compile and make available on our web site information intended to be useful to fisheries managers and researchers, land managers, planners, and others. We acquire, regionally standardize, and georeference data from multiple sources on a number of topics, including fish distribution, fish abundance trends, hatchery returns, harvest levels, migration barriers, hatcheries, and dams. We provide a catalog of photographs relevant to fish species and facilities in the region. Through our "Data Publishing Service" and "Data Store" we archive and provide access to stand-alone data sets created by other entities, as well as the Pacific Northwest's 1:100,000 scale GIS streams layer. We maintain the official list of stream reaches the NPCC has recommended be protected from dam construction. We provide pre-made maps and let you make maps interactively from data in the StreamNet database to meet your needs. We continually work to update these resources, so new information becomes available several times each year. We also provide customized data-related services for participants in the NPCC's Fish and Wildlife Program.

You can learn more about StreamNet at We exist in order to bring useful information to people such as you, and we welcome your questions, feedback, and suggestions. We also hope you will inform your colleagues about the resources available at StreamNet (


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