Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Strategy for Salmon

by James Ruff, Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, United States,
John Fazio, Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


Three species of Snake River salmon have been listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. In response, the Northwest Power Planning Council worked with the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Indian tribes, federal agencies and interest groups to address the status of Snake River salmon runs in a forum known as the Salmon Summit. The Summit met in 1990 and 1991 and reached agreement on specific, short-term actions. When the Summit disbanded in April 1991, responsibility for developing a regional recovery plan for salmon shifted to the Council. The Council responded with a four-phased process of amending its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The first three phases, completed in September 1992, pertain to salmon and steelhead. Phase four, scheduled for completion in October 1993, will take up issues of resident fish and wildlife. This paper deals with the first three phases, collectively known as our Strategy for Salmon.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Fish and fishery management | Wildlife | Basins | Endangered species | Federal government | Urban and regional development | Steel | United States | Idaho | Montana | Oregon | Washington

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