Also see revision process updated November 2010
This Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Reporting (MERR) Plan ensures the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (Program) goals, objectives, and actions are monitored, evaluated, and reported in a manner that allows assessment and reporting of Program progress; it is intended to evolve with the Program. To facilitate Program assessment and reporting, the MERR Plan consists of a Strategic Plan, Implementation Framework, as well as implementation strategies for anadromous fish, resident fish, and wildlife.
The Strategic Plan focuses on the Council’s research, monitoring, evaluation (RME) and reporting needs at the policy level. The Strategic Plan sets forth the purpose and expectations for RME and reporting implemented through the Program.
The Implementation Framework contains existing, modified and new processes for prioritizing and implementing RME and reporting at the programmatic level. The Implementation Framework describes how the various components of RME can be used to adaptively manage the Program and guides the development of standardized Implementation Strategies for anadromous fish, resident fish, and wildlife.
The three Implementation Strategies, Anadromous Fish Implementation Strategy, Resident Fish Implementation Strategy, and Wildlife Implementation Strategy, are attached as separate appendices providing additional guidance in prioritizing and implementing RME and reporting. The Implementation Strategies will be developed with regional partners, and will consider integration of regional products.
Upon approval by the Council, the MERR Plan will provide expectations for, and guidance on, how RME and reporting are conducted through the Program. This guidance will assist the Council and other partners in the Basin with: