Multi-criteria assessment of pallid sturgeon habitat restoration for the missouri river

John Stansbury, Jennifer Gitt, Istvan Bogardi

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Abstract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in cooperation with other agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently planning, designing, and constructing projects designed to restore habitat for the endangered pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus Albus) and associated species in and along the Missouri River. Management and restoration of habitat is a complex process with many and often conflicting priorities, and habitat restoration success is difficult to measure, in part because there is often a significant lag time between the restoration activity and the biological response by the target species. This project develops a multi-criteria assessment tool to help the USACE and cooperators assess the status and the progress of the habitat restoration efforts on the Missouri River. The multi-criteria assessment method uses composite programming which assesses the overall condition of the habitat based on multiple indicators (e.g., water velocity, depth, substrate). Indicator values were determined at different locations and times, and weights were assigned to the indicators to represent their relative importance. The result obtained from the assessment is a river bend-scale value that characterizes the overall quality and quantity of habitat at different points in time for that bend. Conversely, the method can be used to characterize conditions before and after a habitat restoration project or to compare the effectiveness of different habitat restoration methods on different bends within the river reach. The assessment method will also be used to identify data gaps and deficient habitat components that require further restoration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009 - World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009
Subtitle of host publicationGreat Rivers
Pages3273-3288
Number of pages16
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009: Great Rivers - Kansas City, MO, United States
Duration: May 17 2009May 21 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009 - World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009: Great Rivers
Volume342

Conference

ConferenceWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009: Great Rivers
CountryUnited States
CityKansas City, MO
Period5/17/095/21/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Stansbury, J., Gitt, J., & Bogardi, I. (2009). Multi-criteria assessment of pallid sturgeon habitat restoration for the missouri river. In Proceedings of World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009 - World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009: Great Rivers (pp. 3273-3288). (Proceedings of World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009 - World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009: Great Rivers; Vol. 342). https://doi.org/10.1061/41036(342)331