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About Monitoring Resources

Our goal is provide a place where monitoring practitioners can easily document information about their projects and programs once and share many times, and where funders and managers can review existing and proposed monitoring projects and better understand gaps and overlaps at a regional scale. This suite of tools is championed by the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP). Funding has been provided by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF).

Who is this for?

See our FAQ for a bit more about our intended audience. is a suite of complementary tools designed to guide and assist monitoring practitioners and researchers who are collecting and analyzing data with their monitoring programs, from the early design stage through implementation and generation of descriptive statistics. This site also serves resource managers, funding entities, and policy makers by giving them a comprehensive view of monitoring programs and projects that are occurring or have occurred in a given spatial extent. In addition, natural resource managers and funding entities can use the tool to track information about Methods, Metrics, and Protocols, possibly recommending certain ones for use with their program.

To do what?

These resources are intended to promote better documentation and enable more efficiency in collaboration and data sharing between programs. helps investigators plan and implement effective, efficient, high quality habitat monitoring projects by offering tools that provide guidance and support design and documentation of various aspects of a monitoring project. By providing these tools online, we are facilitating transfer of information and supporting collaboration between projects and programs.

They are also intended to help you document protocols or methods used in your research, monitoring, and evaluation (RM&E), as well as participate in community discussions about protocols and methods. This site will be a shared space for documenting what is in use and reviewing the best available techniques for answering common management questions. Currently you can add new methods or protocols, find out who else is using a method or protocol, and review our Glossary and list of Metric/Indicator Categories and Subcategories, participate in peer reviews, discuss your experience using a technique, see what managers or funders have recommended, or simply bookmark pages that interest you.

Why? brings together a number of online resources to create a network of information and tools to support many facets of monitoring. The benefit will be that monitoring practitioners can enter, share, and distribute information about their projects easily. Funders and managers will be able to review information about existing and proposed monitoring projects and programs more quickly, better understand gaps and overlaps in monitoring at a regional scale, and make more timely decisions based on best available information. Review processes will take less time and will be less costly. Coordination and collaboration between groups will be more efficient.

This tool is also intended to add value to monitoring and evaluation investments by making key information about protocols, such as their statistical rigor or potential compatibility with related projects, available to the wider community. With adequate documentation and with the benefit of knowing what others are doing, we, as a community of researchers and managers, can make the best use of limited resources and ensure we’re offering the most accurate portrayal of the health of our streams, watersheds, and their inhabitants.

About Us is a project of the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP).

The purpose of PNAMP is to provide a forum for coordinating state, federal, and tribal aquatic habitat and salmonid monitoring programs. PNAMP is supported by 20 signatory partners. PNAMP partners strive to improve communication, sharing of resources and data, and work towards compatible monitoring efforts that will ultimately provide increased scientific credibility, cost-effective use of limited funds and greater accountability to stakeholders.

This project is one of several in State of the Salmon's Agency Partnerships Initiative, a multi-year venture funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where nonprofits and government fisheries agencies are working together to improve salmon data access. By helping government agencies build information sharing tools, State of the Salmon is assisting managers in their important work of monitoring and evaluating the health of salmon and their habitat.

Our Sponsors is made possible by the generous support of the Bonneville Power Administration and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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