I am developing a time series of summer maximum temperature (May, June, July August) for a 10-year period from 38 stream temperature stations for Kelly Creek Idaho.
What is it?
Kelly Creek is a blue ribbon, catch and release Westslope Cutthroat Trout fishery located in the Clearwater National Forest. It provides habitat for numerous aquatic and terrestrial species and is a regional recreation destination as well as a global fishing destination.
Why is it important?
Stream temperature values for small waterways of Idaho are hypothesized to increase as a result of climate change. This will affect all life stages and suitable habitat for Westslope Cutthroat Trout. Westslope Cutthroat trout are the only trout native over much of the Rocky Mountains and Great basin, and because of their reliance on cold, clean water they are particularly susceptible to climate change impacts and serve as an indicator species for ecosystem health (Williams, et al. 2007).
A study of this type has not been conducted on Kelly Creek or other small watersheds in Idaho. Establishing a historical record of daily maximum temperatures in summer is a critical component of determining possible climate change impacts on Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Kelly Creek.
Stream Temperature Controls in Kelly Creek Idaho (PDF)