Proposed ESA Snake River spring/summer Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan

NOAA Fisheries currently is developing three recovery plans for the four ESA-listed Snake River species – steelhead, spring/summer Chinook salmon, fall-run Chinook salmon and Sockeye salmon. The Snake River Sockeye Recovery Plan was adopted in June 2015,  the Snake River Fall Chinook Recovery Plan was noticed in the Federal Register for public comment on November 2, 2015.

On October 27, 2016, NOAA Fisheries released the proposed Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan for public review and comment. This proposed recovery plan includes several sections: (1) a species level "Roll-up" Plan covering all major population groups for both species in the Snake River basin; (2) three Management Unit Plans; Northeast Oregon, Southeast Washington, and Idaho; and (3) four Modules that describe Snake River recovery planning objectives for Columbia River hydropower system, the Columbia River estuary, harvest and the Ocean environment. It is our intent to optimize Recovery Plan implementation through stakeholder involvement in developing draft products, particularly through NOAA Fisheries' Snake River Coordination Group.

NOAA Fisheries has extended the public comment period through February 9, 2017.  See this Federal Register notice and below for instructions on how to submit comments.

Extension Federal Register Notice

Recovery Plan Documents

Executive Summary Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Register Notice

Proposed ESA Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan

Appendix A: Northeast Oregon Management Unit Plan

Appendix B: Southeast Washington Management Unit Plan

Appendix C: Idaho Management Unit Plan (see bullets below):

Appendix D: Module for the Ocean Environment

Appendix E: Estuary Module

Appendix F: Snake River Harvest Module

Appendix G: Supplemental Recovery Plan Module for the Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Mainstem Columbia River Hydropower System

Appendix H: Snake River Steelhead DPS: Updated Viability Curves and Population Abundance/Productivity Status

To submit comments:


By mail: 1201 N.E. Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232

By fax: (503) 230-5441

For more information: Contact Rosemary Furfey, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region: or (503) 231-2149