Kootenai River Ecosystem Restoration (Nutrient Restoration)
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Kootenai River Ecosystem Restoration (Nutrient Restoration) (Co-managed with IDFG)
The Kootenai River Ecosystem Improvement Project includes nutrient restoration and extensive monitoring of baseline conditions and the effects of the nutrient restoration. It is a comprehensive program designed to identify the best management strategies to enhance aquatic biota in the Kootenai River ecosystem to recover native species assemblages across multiple trophic levels. Actions include monitoring of water quality, algal, invertebrate, and fish community conditions and a largeā€scale nutrient restoration experiments.

The goal of this project, which is co-managed with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, is to recover a productive, healthy and biologically diverse Kootenai River ecosystem, with emphasis on native fish species rehabilitation. It is designed to aid the recovery of important fish stocks, including white sturgeon, burbot, bull trout, kokanee and other salmonids important to the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and anglers. Objectives include:
  • Maintain healthy, productive nutrient levels in the mainstem Kootenai River (Idaho) through continuation of a large-scale nutrient addition effort,
  • Provide basin-wide monitoring through a multi trophic-level biomonitoring and water quality program,
  • Evaluate and rehabilitate key Kootenai River tributaries important to fisheries and biological health of the Kootenai River ecosystem,
  • Provide benefits to the Kootenai River ecosystem and associated fisheries, by funding the Canadian (BCME) addition of nutrients and monitoring in the south arm of Kootenay Lake, provide written summaries of all research activities related to the project,
  • Provide a forum to convene with other agencies and institutions to discuss management, research, and monitoring strategies for this project and disseminate information (IKERT).

Staff
Project Co-Manager—Charlie Holderman, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Project Co-Manager—Cathy Gidley, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Project Team—International Kootenai/y River Ecosystem Team (IKERT)
Project Liaisons—Nutrient Addition and Fish Monitoring —Cathy Gidley, IDFG


Funding
This project is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration through the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Columbia River Basin Fish & Wildlife Program (Project Number 1994-049-00).

Contact
Charlie Holderman
KTOI
(208) 267-3620
cholderman@kootenai.org


Cathy Gidley
IDFG
cgidley@idfg.idaho.gov


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Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
P.O. Box 1269
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Phone: 208-267-3519

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