Middle Columbia River Steelhead Recovery Plan

Working with its Federal, state, tribal, and local partners, NOAA Fisheries adopted a recovery plan for Middle Columbia River steelhead in 2009. The plan is based on the biological needs of steelhead and provides the foundation for restoring the population to healthy levels. It covers the spawning, rearing, and freshwater migration range of Middle Columbia River steelhead, which is approximately 35,000 square miles in the Columbia plateau of eastern Washington and eastern Oregon, as well as the Columbia River and estuary. The plan draws on four locally developed recovery plans for management units encompassing Middle Columbia River tributaries in Washington and Oregon. The documents are available below.

Executive Summary 1.5MB

Middle Columbia River Steelhead Recovery Plan 3.1MB