The Region

Extending from the mouth of the Columbia River at the ocean upstream to and including, the White Salmon River, our region includes 18 major watersheds in 5 different counties in SW Washington.

Our region is home to more fish listed under the federal Endangered Species Act than any other region in Washington.

  • 5 species comprised of 74 distinct populations, representing 60% of listed Columbia River salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations

All the fish in the Columbia basin travel through our region on their way to spawn upstream, and young salmon stop here to grow before heading to the ocean.

There are 8 major tributary dams, 1 Columbia River dam, more than 20 hatcheries, and many important tribal, sport, and commercial fisheries in our region, which make salmon recovery efforts especially complex.

The recovery plan for our region is intended to restore listed fish to healthy, harvestable levels. To reach this goal, we take an all-H approach to recovery (harvest, habitat, hatchery, and hydro) and work to reduce limiting factors affecting all stages in the life cycle of the fish.

Who We Are

The Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board is a 15-member board created under Washington law, RCW 77.85. The Board includes local governments who have joined with citizens, tribal leaders, hydro-power operators and the environmental community to create a locally-driven program to recover salmon and improve watershed health. Learn more about our board here.

What We Do
  • We help find ways to maintain sustainable sport, tribal and commercial fisheries.

  • We work to improve hatcheries and find solutions to restore fish passage. 

  • We coordinate with scientists who monitor the health of our fish and the habitat they use.

  • We strive to apply common sense in making decisions that shape the future of our environment.

  • We secure funds that support local efforts to restore stream corridor health within working forests and farms, communities and green spaces.

  • We work with partners to ensure natural resource programs and land use practices complement salmon recovery actions.

How We Do It
Protecting Our Water
  • We look for innovative solutions to supply clean, plentiful water to support our growing communities, while sustaining stream flows needed for our salmon runs. Learn more about our watershed planning, monitoring, and assessments.

Restoring Our Salmon Runs
Supporting Our Communities
  • We look for ways to help keep our communities vibrant while maintaining healthy watersheds for future generations to enjoy. Learn more about grant opportunities