The Lower Columbia
The Lower Columbia region extends from the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to, and including, the Little White Salmon River.
Lower Columbia By the Numbers
74 ESA-listed salmon and steelhead populations
2,280 miles of fish-bearing streams
268 miles of Columbia River shoreline
8 major tributary dams
1 Columbia River dam
6 State legislative districts
and many important tribal, sport, and commercial fisheries.
Columbia River Estuary
The Recovery Region
The federal Endangered Species Act requires the federal government to develop recovery plans for salmon determined to be at risk of extinction. In Washington, seven (7) regional organizations were formed to develop recovery plans and coordinate implementation (under RCW 77.85). Regional recovery organizations are made up of local, state, and federal agencies, tribes, and citizens, and coordinate their efforts through the Council of Regions.
The Lower Columbia is one of seven recovery regions in Washington State.
The Lead Entity
Lead entities are local organizations that develop salmon habitat recovery strategies and recruit organizations to implement the strategies through habitat restoration and protection projects.
Lead entities perform an essential role in salmon recovery in Washington. Established by law (RCW 77.85), the 25 lead entities are governed by a committee of local citizens, assisted by technical experts. The federal Endangered Species Act requires the federal government to develop recovery plans for salmon determined to be at risk of extinction.
The Salmon Recovery Lead Entities in Washington State.
The Lower Columbia Recovery Region habitat program is supported by two lead entities: Lower Columbia and Klickitat County.