• Federal Caucus members

    Mary Lou Soscia, Chair – Environmental Protection Agency

    Rock Peters, Vice Chair – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Lydia Grimm – Bonneville Power Administration

    Bob Dach – Bureau of Indian Affairs

    Lesa Stark – Bureau of Reclamation

    Bruce Suzumoto – NOAA Fisheries

    Karma Anderson – National Resources Conservation Service (non-signatory participant)

    Roy Elicker – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Linda Ulmer – U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management

    Greg Fuhrer – U.S. Geological Survey

    Nancy Schifferdecker - Program Coordinator

  • Columbia River Basin Federal Caucus Agencies

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) - Endangered Species Act (ESA) jurisdiction over anadromous fish; also has a role in regulating ocean fisheries. 




    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) – ESA jurisdiction over plants, wildlife, and resident fish; also operates and administers hatchery programs and national wildlife refuges.



    Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) - markets electricity from federal dams; also has a key role funding fish and wildlife mitigation.



    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – operates federal dams and navigation locks for multiple uses.


    U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) – operates federal dams for multiple purposes, including irrigated agriculture and hydroelectric power. 




    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – implements and enforces the Clean Water Act.




    U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Region 6 (Washington and Oregon)

    Region 6 (northern Idaho and western Montana) – manages over 50% of available spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead within the basin.   Other priority management objectives for the agency include: wilderness, vegetation management, wildland fire suppression, grazing, and recreation.




    Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - manages about 10 percent of the available spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead within the basin.  Other management of their federal lands include; wildlife, recreation, timber harvest, mineral extraction and other public uses.




    Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) - provides services to Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. The Northwest region incorporates Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and southeastern Alaska. 




    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - A multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water.



    Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (non-signatory member) – works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals for productive lands and healthy ecosystems.