Sound Off on Steelhead and Salmon Conservation Plan

Over the last 100 years, the population of natural salmon and steelhead in the Lower Columbia River has plummeted. Well, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has finally said, “No more!”

A few weeks ago, the ODFW released a plan for the conservation and recovery of these threatened species. Appropriately titled “The Lower Columbia River Conservation and Recovery Plan for Oregon Populations of Salmon and Steelhead,” this plan will identify the current population status of the fish, assess limiting factors and threats, develop adaptive changes, and monitor the effects. The plan’s main goal is to restore the salmon and steelhead populations to levels that don’t require protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The plan isn’t implemented yet, however, and the ODFW wants to hear from you. To find out how this plan affects you, you can download a copy of the proposal or attend one of the public workshops:

April 29, 6-8:30 p.m.
City of Portland Water Pollution Control Lab
6543 N Burlington Ave

St. Helens
May 6, 6-8:30 p.m.
OSU Columbia County Extension
505 N Columbia River Hwy

May 11, 6-8:30 p.m.
Judge Guy Boyington Building
857 Commercial St

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