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A Newsletter from StreamNet
A Fish Data Delivery Project for the Pacific Northwest
Issue #8 - April 14, 2008
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Welcome to the eighth StreamNet News!

Table of Contents

  1. Downloadable Access Database Updated
  2. New Data Sets Available in the Data Store
  3. Oregon Barriers Data Standard Created, Adopted
  4. News From the StreamNet Library
  5. Help Us Improve StreamNet at Western Division AFS Meeting


The downloadable version of StreamNetís entire database was updated February 8, 2008. The downloadable version of the entire database is updated only periodically -- the most up to date data are always available through the on-line data query system. The downloadable version, though, allows more flexible access to the data for people with more advanced or complicated data analysis needs.

The entire database can be downloaded in MS-Access format, or individual tables may be downloaded as comma-delimited ascii text files. To download the Access version, go to The individual tables in ascii format can be downloaded at


Several data sets have been added to the Data Store, including:

  • An assessment of fish passage in Wallowa County, Oregon
  • Idaho Fish and Game's general parr monitoring data for 2000-2006
  • Fish and other biological data from streams in the Big Canyon Creek and Lapwai Creek watersheds (on the Nez Perce Tribe reservation and in Idaho)
  • 1999-2007 resident fish stock status above Chief Joseph Dam from the Joint Stock Assessment Project

The Data Store is at You can search the Data Store for data sets of interest. You can also post your own data sets to the Data Store to archive them and make them available to other users.


The state of Oregon, led by StreamNet staff within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, completed version 1.0 of a data sharing standard for fish passage barriers within the state of Oregon. The standard is intended to facilitate data sharing among agencies around the state. The standard fits within the context of Oregon's Framework Bioscience theme (one of six Oregon-specific themes), which supplements the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Framework data development effort. Called the "Oregon Fish Passage Barrier Data Standard," it was endorsed by the Oregon Geographic Information Council in September, 2007. Staff from many agencies around the state, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife participated in creation of the standard. The standard is available for download at

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Natural Resource Information Management Program (which includes Oregon StreamNet) will serve as the steward of the Framework Fish Passage Barrier Dataset. Numerous agency-specific databases will contribute toward the development of the state-wide Framework data set. The goal is to create a comprehensive inventory of fish passage barriers that will be useful to all the contributing entities. An on-going, two way information exchange is envisioned to further develop and maintain the data set. From there, the data can be easily incorporated into many databases including the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's barriers database and StreamNet. If you have Oregon barriers data you would like to share with others, contact Jon Bowers by email at, or by phone at 503-947-6097.

If you have fish barrier data to share for other states, contact StreamNet by email at, or by phone at 503-595-3100.


The StreamNet Library's online catalog has a new look. The Library is migrating to open source software to save money and better conform to national library standards for organizing and sharing materials. Some of the best reasons for the switch are new features for you to use while browsing the catalog.

The Quick Search and Advanced Search features enable you to better skim our extensive catalog of materials on fish and wildlife in the Columbia River basin. From, click on "Search for Books & Documents."

Because this system is currently being implemented, we're still working out the kinks. Once these are tackled additional features will become available to you, such as "virtual book shelves" you can create to store and share lists of references about topics of your own choosing.


We are working to improve the usability and function of StreamNetís data delivery systems and we need input from users to help us do that. Our next event will be at the Western Division American Fisheries Society meeting in Portland May 4-8. We will have computers set up during the meeting to demonstrate the query system and interactive mappers, and we will ask people to critique the systems and offer suggestions for making them simpler and easier to use.

Anyone attending the AFS meeting is encouraged to stop by and tell us what you think. We want StreamNet to be useful for you, and we appreciate any and all feedback you can give us.

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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. We maintain the official list of stream reaches the NPCC has recommended be protected from dam construction, and we are the official keepers of the Pacific Northwest's 1:100,000 scale GIS streams layer. 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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