The Standard Stream Survey database was developed by a team of Idaho Department of Fish and Game Fishery Biologists to hold fish and stream habitat data collected using a standard format. The database has been viable since 1985 in one form or another. One of the benefits of this database is the consistent data format which allows for better comparisons between similar bodies of water or comparisons of the same body of water over time. The data can be used to observe changes in fish composition and distribution throughout a drainage. The data can also be used to follow the changes in stream habitat such as substrate composition, water depth, and number of pools, riffles, runs, and pocket water. The easy access of this data will help fish managers and environmental biologists give information on the presence/absence of Endangered or Threatened fish species quickly and accurately. Administrative personnel will be able to answer questions like “Where can I find Westslope Cutthroat Trout (or any other species)?” or “What fish species are in this stream?” with a couple of clicks of the mouse. Fishery and research biologists will be able to gather and summarize data for reports.
Currently, the application and reports are accessible only by Idaho Fish and Game personnel.