Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Oregon
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Oregon Project


The development of integrated adaptive management for restoration of freshwater-estuarine ecosystems

January 2013 - December 2025


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • CVPIA
  • Bay Delta Office
  • Central Valley Project Improvement Act Fisheries

California Central Valley is the largest basin-estuary comoplex on the Pacific Coast that supports more than 500 fish, wildlife and plant species. It is also the home of millions of people that depend on the freshwater resources of the area . By its nature , the management of water resources in the Central Valley involves the evaluation of potential tradeoffs between conservation objectives, such as restoring or conserving at-risk species, and other values, such as providing reliable water supply to the public. This can result in conflict among competing objectives making the decision-making difficult. We are integrating management, science, and monitoring using the structured decision making process to develop an adaptive framework for restoration of aquatic ecosystems.

Research Publications Publication Date
Peterson, J.T., E. McCreless, A. Duarte, P. Wohner, S. Hamilton, J. Medellin-Azuara, and A. Escriva-Bou. Structured Decision Making for Scientific Management in the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Environmental Science and Policy. 157, p.103775. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2024.103775 | Abstract | Publisher Website May 2024
Peterson, J.T. and A. Duarte. 2020. Decision analysis to develop and evaluate restoration strategies for Chinook salmon in California’s Central Valley. Restoration Ecology https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13244 | Abstract | Publisher Website November 2020
Gilligan-Lunda , E.K., A. Duarte, and J.T. Peterson. 2024. Habitat use of anadromous and amphidromous sturgeons in North America: a systematic review. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 81(5): 508-524. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2023-0222 | Abstract | Publisher Website May 2024
Technical Publications Publication Date
Peterson, J.T., K. McDonnell, M.C. Colvin. 2014. Coarse Resolution Planning Tools for Prioritizing Central Valley Project Improvement Act Fisheries Activities. Draft Progress Report to Central Valley Project Improvement Act Fisheries Program. August 2014
Peterson, J.T., E. McCreless, A. Duarte. 2019. Structured Decision Making for Scientific Management in the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Annual Progress Report to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office. May 2019
Peterson, J.T., A. Duarte, K. McDonell. 2019. ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT OF CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT FISHERIES PHASES I - V. Draft final report to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Central Valley Improvement Act Program, Sacramento CA. January 2020
Presentations Presentation Date
Peterson, J.T., E. Gardner, T. Neal, Larson, M., C. Couch, J. Romer, F. Monzyk, M. Kent, and C. Schreck 2023.Unexpected Threats: Parasite Infections in Reservoir-rearing Juvenile Chinook Salmon in Willamette Basin Reservoirs. Oregon Lakes Association annual conference Nov 15-16, Corvallis, OR. March 2023
Lunda, E., J.T. Peterson, and A. Duarte. 2023. Habitat use of anadromous sturgeon in North America: a systematic review. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Feb 28-Mar 3. March 2023
Lunda, E., J.T. Peterson, A. Duarte., and T. Swannack. 2023. Characterizing the effects of environmental variability and individual biological characteristics on green sturgeon recruitment success. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Feb 28-Mar 3 March 2023
Larson, M., C. Couch, C. Murphy, M. Kent, and J. Peterson. 2023. Diet and Philonema infections in reservoir-rearing juvenile Chinook Salmon. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Feb 28-Mar 3 March 2023
Isreal, J., M. Beakes, E. Buttermore, J. Gosselin, J. Peterson. 2024. Participatory science strategies for evaluating species, water, and power tradeoffs. 9th World Fisheries Congress, Seattle WA, March 2024. March 2024
Duarte, A. and J.Peterson. 2020. The role of optimization in solving decision-support models for natural resource management. Annual Meeting of the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, March 4-6, Bend, OR. March 2020
Duarte ,A. and J.T. Peterson. 2019. Decision analysis to identify optimal state-dependent restoration policies for Chinook salmon in California’s Central Valley. Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Reno NV. September 2019
Diaz, L., J.T. Peterson, and A. Duarte. 2023. A meta-analysis of Oncorhynchus mykiss habitat use and ontogenetic niche shifts incorporating geographic variability. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Feb 28-Mar 3. March 2023
Couch, C., J. Peterson, M. Kent, and C. Schreck. 2023. Big fish with tiny friends: the role of the microbiome in Pacific salmon health. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Feb 28-Mar 3 March 2023
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
McDonnell, K.N. 2019. The Influence of Scale in a Structured Decision Making Framework for Chinook Salmon Management. PhD Dissertation, Oregon State University. June 2019