About Recovery Planning & Implementation in the Lower Columbia River

The Lower Columbia Salmon & Steelhead Recovery Plan is based on three locally developed plans, each of which covers a different portion of the species’ range:

These plans were developed through a collaborative processes that included tribes, government entities, industry, environmental groups, and the public. Two other documents— the Columbia River Estuary ESA Recovery Plan Module for Salmon and Steelhead and the Recovery Plan Module: Mainstem Columbia River Hydropower Projects, both by NOAA Fisheries—also inform the federal recovery plan. The locally developed plans and the modules are appendices to the plan.

The recovery plan calls for tributary and estuary habitat protection and restoration actions; changes in management of harvest, hatchery, and hydropower programs; and predation control. Recovery actions will be implemented over a 25-year period.

Effective implementation will require that the recovery efforts of diverse private, local, state, tribal, and federal parties be coordinated at multiple levels. Washington's Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board is leading implementation of actions in southwest Washington; and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife implementation coordinator and stakeholder team are leading implementation efforts in Oregon, supported by the governance structure of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. In the White Salmon, NOAA Fisheries, in coordination with the Washington Gorge Implementation Team, oversees recovery implementation. The Lower Columbia Recovery Planning Steering Committee is coordinating broad-scale implementation throughout the entire region.