Introduction

The Online Data Portal (ODP) is an evolving project to support collaborative river restoration projects. The goal is to provide a centralized clearing house of documents and data for program partners, stakeholders, and the public.  The ODP is being developed by the Trinity River Restoration Program to support watershed restoration actions designed to rehabilitate the river ecosystem of the Trinity River in northern California. The overall rationale for the ODP project is one of organizing and leveraging Trinity River water management data to ensure that information is available to scientists and decision makers as needed. The development of the ODP (accessible at http://odp.trrp.net/) is being undertaken in coordination with science framework conceptual models and monitoring plans for the Trinity River. The functionality of the website will continue to expand through 2013.

The ODP features a Google-like search engine for locating documents, data packages and meeting materials stored in a customized repository. Visitors to the site can search the repository, and view documents, data, and maps.  Users with accounts can add information to the repository and edit existing information.  This user guide provides information about how to use the features and functions of the ODP.

The Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP) was initiated in 2000, expanding upon efforts of the Trinity River Task Force and other entities to restore and maintain the fishery resources of the Trinity River.  The TRRP has science-based oversight to support the implementation of adaptive management for significant physical/mechanical channel restoration actions in the mainstem, watershed restoration in the tributaries, and increased flow releases from the Trinity and Lewiston dams that mimic the basin’s snowmelt -driven hydrography. The Program is guided by the Trinity Management Council consisting of federal, state, county, and tribal partners, plus the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group, a stakeholder advisory group.

The ODP is being jointly developed by ESSA Technologies Ltd., North Arrow Research Ltd. and the Utah Water Resource Laboratory at Utah State University.