About Recovery Planning & Implementation Efforts in the Middle Columbia River

Following the listing of Middle Columbia River steelhead, NOAA Fisheries initiated a collaborative process to develop a plan for the species' recovery. The Middle Columbia Recovery Forum consisted of citizens, tribes, and agencies devoted to addressing the biological and environmental factors impeding the population's survival. The Forum includes representatives from the states of Oregon and Washington, including several counties, the Yakama Nation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Snake River Salmon Recovery Board, Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board, as well as several federal agencies. The Forum guided development of the Middle Columbia River Steelhead Recovery Plan and NOAA Fisheries adopted the plan in 2009. The plan provides the foundation for restoring Middle Columbia River steelhead to healthy levels and is the foundation for voluntary action. It includes actions that aim to restore degraded tributary habitat, provide fish passage, and limit the effects of predators, among others.

Since the plan's adoption, partners have taken the recovery plan from words to action. Through the work of the Middle Columbia Recovery Forum, the recovery plan is making progress in several key areas, including habitat restoration and improving fish passage for juvenile and adult fish.

Federal Caucus Recovery Team Initiative Documents

February 7, 2018 Meeting

March 12, 2018 Meeting

March 29, 2018 Meeting

April 19, 2018 Meeting

Middle Columbia Recovery Reference Materials

Federal Caucus Recovery Initiative Work Plan FY18

Mid-C Steelhead 5 Year Status Review - Updated March 2018

Mid-C Steelhead 5 Year Status Review - Updated September 2017

Mid-C Steelhead 5 Year Status Review 2016

Columbia Basin Partnership Goals - Mid-C Steelhead

Federal Caucus Mid-C Focus Team Report 2011

Tributary Overshoot Reference Materials

Final Technical Report: Adult Steelhead Passage Behaviors and Survival in the  Federal Columbia River Power System

Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Adult Steelhead Fallback and Kelt Passage at McNary Dam, Winter 2010-2011

Evaluation of Adult Steelhead Passage with TSW Spill during the Winter of 2014-2015 at McNary Dam

Improving downstream migration survival of John Day River Steelhead overshoots at McNary Dam

Sluiceway Operations for Adult Steelhead Downstream
Passage at The Dalles Dam, Columbia River, USA

Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Adult Steelhead Fallback and Kelt Passage at McNary Dam, Winter 2011-2012

Evaluation of Adult Steelhead Passage with TSW Spill during the Winter of 2014–2015 at McNary Dam

Influence of Juvenile and Adult Experiences on Tributary Overshoot and Fallback by Steelhead in the Columbia River Basin

Significance of PIT tagged steelhead which pass dams upstream of their natal streams to spawning populations of Mid Columbia Steelhead in various river basins downstream of McNary Dam