Smethport Area High School (1975, Honor’s Student), Smethport, PA
AS, Pre-Fisheries (1977, named “Outstanding Graduating Student”) Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Washington
BS, Fisheries Science (cum laude, 1980), University of Washington, Seattle, WA
MS, Fisheries and Wildlife Science (1983), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA MS Thesis: “Production ecology of brook trout in the James River Basin, Virginia”
Consulting scientist 2015-present. Provide scientific support and expert testimony on fish and land uses issues.
King County Department Natural Resources and Parks 1990-2015
Since 1990, Gino was a lead senior scientist and/or project manager for many of King County’s contemporary actions to assess, manage and protect and restore salmon and aquatic resources. This work involved development and management of projects to: a) characterize and assess effects of land and water use on fish and other aquatic habitats and on fish habitat and stream and watershed ecology, b) develop high-level guidance on strategies for protection and restoration of fish and aquatic habitats, c) provide senior-level technical analysis and expert input on fish, habitat and land use regulation, management and policy. Key projects include: federally-approved Programmatic Habitat Assessment (PHA) of the County’s floodplain land use for ESA compliance; Conceived and managed EPA-grant-funded research program to assess land use regulation effectiveness in nine watersheds over five years; Development of the County’s Agricultural Waterways Salmon-based Classification System; Critical Areas Ordinance and Best Available Science for Aquatic Areas; Tri-County Salmon Recovery Plan; Return of the Kings: A Comprehensive Review of Programs, Projects and Regulations and their effects on ESA-listed Chinook salmon; NOAA-approved Biological Review Panel for ESA; Identification of Core Areas for Chinook salmon; Chapters on watershed and reach characterization and strategies for habitat protection and restoration for 2008 Shoreline Master Plan Update; Technical support for Cedar River Legacy and Waterways 2000 Open Space Protection Plans and Programs; The Lower Cedar River and Hylebos-Lower Puget Sound Basin Plans; the 1990 and 2006 Flood Hazard Reduction Plans. Additionally, Gino was a member of WDNR TFW CMER Fish Research Steering Committee, Puget Sound Partnership’s Habitat and Land Use Team, FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) Natural Floodplain Functions National Committee, the USFWS Coastal Bull Trout Recovery Unit Team (RUT), WRIAs 7 & 8 Salmon Recovery Teams and is currently a member of the NMFS Puget Sound Steelhead Technical Recovery Team (TRT).
Tulalip Tribes 1983-1990
Developed, found funding for, supervised staff and managed a wide array of field programs to assess fish populations, habitat and water quality, and restore fish habitat in the Snohomish and Stillaguamish River Basins and associated marine waters. Responsible for projects to: a) assess timing and abundance of juvenile salmon in marine waters; b) assess impacts of the City of Everett’s Naval Homeport; c) trap, tag and assess variability among tributaries of production of coho smolts; e) assess agricultural impacts on water quality in the Snohomish and Snoqualmie Rivers; f) contract with the USFS to restore stream habitat; g) assess logging effects on temperature, habitat and fish populations in the Deer Creek watershed; and h) monitor adult steelhead migration timing and spawning. Also, provided technical input and representation on local and regional environmental and fish habitat management committees and issues and trained tribal members, junior staff and volunteers in fish, habitat and water quality monitoring.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1982- 1983
As part of a team assessing predation on juvenile salmon in the Columbia River: a) designed and conducted experiments on predator digestion rates; designed, constructed and operated a unique water reuse system for live fish experiments; b) designed and oversaw construction of wet and dry lab facilities for Columbia River National field station; c) assisted in field collection of fishes for assessing predator food habits and digestion rates; d) operated boat electrofishers, gill nets, bottom trawls, beach seines, minnow traps, and water quality samplers; e) budgeted and administered capital projects to update lab facilities; and f) developed and presented oral presentations and written reports summarizing research.
Virginia Cooperative Fishery Research Unit 1980-1982
Responsible for a study of brook trout ecology in headwater streams. Also assisted substantially in studies on: a) competition between brook and brown trout; b) survival, growth and catchability of strains of hatchery rainbow trout; enzyme activity in wild trout; c) food habits of sympatric brook and rainbow trout populations and d) radiotelemetry of channel catfish. Developed and taught lab classes and tested students for the University’s Ichthyology course and was teaching assistant for courses on Fish and Wildlife Planning and Aquaculture.
US National Park Service 1980
Prepared and read scale samples from salmonid and non-game fishes collected in the North Cascades.
Washington Cooperative Fishery Research Unit & Univ. of WA 1978-1980
Assisted in projects, on: a) lake drawdown effects on largemouth bass and associated fishes – estimated fish populations, collected and analyzed fish stomach contents; operated boat electrofishers, fyke nets and beach seines and interviewed the public for creel surveys; b) estuarine habits of chinook and chum salmon – seined. netted, trapped fish, operated plankton sampling gear, used fluorescent dyes to mark fish; c) riparian canopy removal effects on distribution and movement of cutthroat trout in a tributary to the Bogachiel River – mapped habitat, marked and monitored movement of fish, sampled substrate and water chemistry; d) orientation and migration behavior of sockeye fry in the Weaver Creek/Harrison Lake system of British Columbia – collected and tested sockeye fry in remote conditions, and e) sewer outfall effluent effects on Lake Washington – sorted and identified benthic invertebrates and zooplankton from water and sediment samples.
U.S. Forest Service 1977-1980
Assessed fish populations, aquatic and riparian habitat, silviculture and timber; crew supervisor (trained and supervised stream, silviculture and timber survey crews); wrote timber sale Environmental Analysis reports and fish habitat Enhancement Plans
TECHNICAL STEERING, SYMPOSIA & CONFERENCE COMMITTEES 1985 to present
Center for Streamside Studies (UW, Seattle); WDAFS and Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium (Anchorage, AK); Salmon in the City (Mt Vernon, WA); Sustainable Fisheries Management: Pacific Salmon (Victoria, BC); Pacific Salmon and Their Ecosystems: Status and Future Options (Seattle, WA); Fish Steering Committee, Coordinated Monitoring and Research Committee (CMER), Timber-Fish-Wildlife Agreement; Native Issues and Their Impact on Resource Husbandry (AFS-NPIC Annual Mtg., New Westminster, BC); Stillaguamish Summit, Univ. of WA, Center for Streamside Studies (Seattle, WA); Deer Creek Coordinated Resource Management Planning; and the Natural Resources Youth Camp of Western Washington.
-Brannon, E.L., T.P. Quinn, G.L. Lucchetti, B.D. Ross. 1981. Compass orientation of sockeye salmon fry from a complex river system. Can. J. Zool. 59(8):1548-1553.
-Martin, D.F. E.O. Salo, S.T. White, J.A. June, W.J. Forris, and G.L. Lucchetti. 1981. The impact of managed streamside timber removal on cutthroat trout and the stream ecosystem: PART 1-A Summary. Fisheries Res. Inst., Univ. of WA, Rep. No. FRI-UW8107:65pp.
-Dean, J.C. and G.L. Lucchetti. 1982. Liver enzyme activity as a growth index in wild rainbow trout. Proc. 36 Annu. Conf. South East Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 10pp.
-Lucchetti, G.L. 1982. Book Review “Trout Biology: An Anglers Guide. By E.B. Willers. The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, USA 1981. 206 pages.” Fisheries. 7(3):64.
-Lucchetti, G.L. 1983. The production of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in four headwater streams in the James River Basin of Virginia and West Virginia. M.S. Thesis, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and St. Univ. 90pp.
-Lucchetti, G.L. 1984. Ingredients for a quality trout stream. Virginia Wildlife. 45(4):24-29.
-Lucchetti, G.L., and G. Gray. 1984. Water reuse systems: review of principal components and example of an effective small-scale unit. Progressive Fish Culturists 50 (1): 1-6.
-Lucchetti, G.L. 1985. Executive Summary: Interagency environmental monitoring Program and preliminary rehabilitation Plan for the Deer Creek Basin. Report to Deer Creek CRMP. 11 pp.
-Beauchamp, D.A., D.E. Pflug, and G. Lucchetti. 1987. Snohomish River juvenile salmon outmigration study 1987. Tech. Rep under USDN Contract No. N62474-86-C-0991. Tulalip Tribes, Marysville, WA. 43 pp.
-Beauchamp, D.A., J. Tracy, R. Ladley, and G. Lucchetti. 1987. Stillaguamish River juvenile salmon outmigration study 1987. Tech. Rep under USDN Contract No. N62474-86-C-0991. Tulalip Tribes, Marysville, WA. 20 pp.
-Beyer, J.M., G. Lucchetti, and G. Gray. 1988. Digestive tract evacuation in northern squawfish (Ptychocheilus oregonensis). Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 45:548 -553
-Lucchetti, G. 1989. Case Study of the Snohomish Basin Water Study. In MacDonald, L., and R. Wissmar. 1990. Monitoring Guidelines to Evaluate the Effects of Forestry Activities on Streams in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. USEPA Technical Manual.
-Thornburgh, K., K. Nelson, K. Rawson, and G. Lucchetti. 1991. Snohomish System Water Quality Study 1987-90. May 1991. Tulalip Fisheries Dept. Progress Report No. 91-2.
-Smith, K.A., and G. L. Lucchetti. 1991. A historical survey of oil pollution in Puget Sound and surrounding areas. Proc. Puget Sound Research Conference, Seattle, WA
-Lucchetti, G., and R. Fuerstenberg, Robert. 1993. Management of coho salmon habitat in urbanizing landscapes of King County, Washington, USA. Pages 308 – 317 in L. Berg and P. Delaney, editors. Proceedings of a workshop on coho salmon. Canadian Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Vancouver, British Columbia.
-Nelson, K, A. Loch, and G. Lucchetti. 1997. Wild coho salmon indicator stock study for the Stillaguamish River. Tulalip Tribes Tech. Rep. 97-2. 53 p
-Ludwa, K, G. Lucchetti, K. Fresh, and K. Walter. 1997. Assessing stream-dwelling fishes in basins of the Lake Washington Watershed, Summer 1996. King County Dept. Nat. Res. Tech. Rep., June 1997. 25 p.
-Lucchetti, G.L., and C. Steward. 1998. The Lake Washington Watershed. Salmon in the City. Mount Vernon, WA
-Hartley, D., and G. Lucchetti. 2000. Forest Retention, Runoff Response, and Implications for Salmonids. Forest Retention, Runoff Response, and Implications for Salmonids. Technical Memorandum prepared for the Tri-County ESA Stormwater Group, May, 2000, 6 p.
-Fresh, K.L., and G. Lucchetti. 2000. Protecting and restoring the habitats of anadromous salmonids in the Lake Washington Watershed, an urbanizing ecosystem. Pages 525-544 In E.E.. Knudsen, C. R. . Steward, D.D. Macdonald, J.E. Williams, and D.W. Reiser (editors). Sustainable Fisheries Management: Pacific Salmon. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton.
-David M. Hartley, C. Rhett Jackson, and G. Lucchetti. 2001. Discussion of “Stream Health after Urbanization,” by J.K. Finkinbine, J.W. Atwater, and D.S. Mavinic. J. Am. Water Res. 37(3): 751-753.
-Beechie, T.J., G. Pess, E. Beamer, G. Lucchetti, and R.E. Bilby. 2003. Chap 8: Role of watershed assessment in recovery planning for salmon. In: Restoration of Puget Sound Rivers. Eds: D.R. Montgomery, S. Bolton, D.B. Booth, and L. Wall. pp 194-225. University of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington.
-Timm, R.K., R. C. Wissmar, J. W. Small, T. M. Leschine and G. L. Lucchetti. 2004. Multiscale prioritization of riparian habitats for restoration and preservation. Environmental Management.
-Lucchetti, G., K. O. Richter, and R. E. Schaefer. 2005. Monitoring acquisitions and conservation easements. Pg 277-312 in Roni, P., ed. Monitoring Stream and Watershed Restoration. American Fisheries Society. Bethesda, MD.
-Puget Sound Partnership. 2008. Habitat and Land Use – Discussion paper, July 11, 2008, 103 pp. http://www.psp.wa.gov/downloads/AA2008/Revised%20Discussion%20Paper%20Habitat%20and%20Land%20Use.pdf
-Stanley, S, G.L. Lucchetti, M. Macleod, P. Rosen, S. Schull. S. Grigsby, and M. Judge. 2009. Achieving an Ecosystem Based Approach to Planning in the Puget Sound. Georgia Basin Puget Sound Conference Proceedings
-King County. 2012. Programmatic Habitat Assessment of Floodplain Land Use for Compliance with the Endangered Species Act. . Prepared by King County, Water and Land Resources Division, Seattle, Washington. http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/flooding/documents/programmatic-habitat-assessment.aspx
-Lucchetti, G.L., J. Burkey, C. Gregersen, L. Fore, C. Knutson, J. Latterell, P. McCombs, R. Timm, J. Vanderhoof, and J. Wilhelm. 2014. Assessing land use effects and regulatory effectiveness in rural watersheds of King County, Washington. Prepared by King County, Water and Land Resources Division, Seattle, Washington. 144 pp http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wlr/sections-programs/science-section/critical-areas.aspx
-Lucchetti, G.L., K. Higgins and J. Vanderhoof. 2014. A salmon-based classification to guide best management practices for agricultural waterways maintenance. Prepared by King County, Water and Land Resources Division, Seattle, Washington.
-Considerations for biologists in designing small water reuse systems (1983) American Fisheries Soc., 113th Annual Meeting, August 16-20, Milwaukee, WI.
-Snohomish Water Quality Study: a case history (1992) for workshops on Monitoring Guidelines to Evaluate the Effects of Forestry Activities on Streams in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska (1992), USEPA, Fort Collins, CO & Las Vegas, NV
-Management of coho in urbanizing landscapes (1993) American Fisheries Society, Wild Coho Management Workshop, Nanaimo, CA
-Habitat Restoration Opportunities in the Lower Cedar River (1997, 1999, 2001). Stream Restoration, University of Washington (R. Wissmar, instructor)
-Salmon Conservation Planning in the Tri-County region of Puget Sound (2001) Workshop on Planning for Salmon in Urban Areas, Corvallis, OR
-Ecological effects of roads on aquatic habitats of King County (2002) National Research Council (NRC) Committee of Effects of Road Density
-The scientific basis for the Tr1-County Model proposal (2002) State of Oregon Interdisciplinary Science Team, Corvallis, OR
-Monitoring Acquisitions and Conservation Easements (2006) University of Washington Environmental Monitoring Seminar (P. Roni, instructor), Seattle, WA
-Achieving resiliency in salmon and their ecosystems through a common process-based view of habitat and fisheries management (2007) SeaGrant Resiliency Workshop, Portland, OR
-Effects of land use and effectiveness of land use protections on aquatic habitats in Puget Sound (2008) Puget Sound Partnership Land Use and Habitat Workshop, Bremerton, WA
-Watershed and habitat management in King County (2010) University of Washington Watershed Management Course (R. Naiman instructor), Seattle, WA
-A salmon based classification for agricultural waterways (2010) King County Science Seminar, Seattle, WA
-Assessing land use and regulations in rural King County (2013) AWRA National Conference, Portland, OR
-Assessing land use effects and regulatory effectiveness on streams in rural watersheds of King County, WA (2014) University of Washington Water Seminar, Seattle, WA http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/critical-areas/EPA-CAO_Project-PP_website.pdf
-Development and Utility of a Hydrologic Condition Index. Oral Presentation (2014) Salish Sea Conference, Seattle WA http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/critical-areas/CAO-HCI-SalishSea-5-1-2014.pdf
– Assessing floodplain land use for compliance with the Endangered Species Act (2014) ASFPM National Conference, Seattle, WA