Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: Fund Contingent
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: The proposal provides clear and workable approaches to collecting the data necessary to meet the needs identified for watersheds in the invitation. It would provide geographic and physical contrasts between two (anadromous and non-anadromous) peat wetlands watersheds on the southern Kenai Peninsula, and it would establish a partnership with a resource management agency (ADFG) for operation of a salmon counting weir. Measures C, N, and S stable isotopes, and evaluates full suite of water quality measures containing N, P, C in resident fish, invertebrates and plants. Incorporates direct and re-mineralization routes of C and N through food webs. The proposal would have the ability to compare streams with and without salmon, and to look at production of salmon in a system where escapements are counted (Anchor River tributary). Measures of longitudinal distributions of MDN from headwaters to mouth would provide an important contrast. Measures of proxies cover water chemistry parameters and fatty acid levels and ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to total fatty acids in animals. Excellent ties to local community through Citizens Environmental Monitoring Program, (CEMP is EPA/ADEC funded). Prospects are good for learning how to measure and interpret linkages of coastal peat wetland stream systems to the marine environment in the Gulf of Alaska in ways that will have practical applications of very large potential significance. Fund contingent on a letter from the Principal Investigators agreeing to participate in a watershed workshop to be held at the January 2005 GEM meeting, and to present an up-to-date report on progress and participate in comparison and evaluation of methods.
Science Director Recommendation: (Not Available)
Science Director Comments: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Proposal provides a resident stream fish dimension to the watershed habitat type. PI has agreed to participate in a watershed workshop which will be held at the January 2005 GEM meeting, and to present an up-to-date report on progress and participate in comparison and evaluation of methods.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: Approved at the November 10, 2003 TC meeting. An additional $18.8K was approved at the March 1, 2004 TC meeting for operation of the weir on the N. Fork of Anchor River.