• Habitat Tour 2013: scientists tour projects to restore fish habitat in the Columbia Basin

    April 17-19:

    The Columbia River Estuary

    Dibblee Point:  The Dibblee Point Restoration project offers the opportunity to provide refuge and rearing habitat for a section of Columbia River across from Longview, Wash., that otherwise has limited available habitat.

    The project will connect 12 acres of freshwater wetlands back to the mainstem Columbia River and create 250 meters of new channel with large wood anchored into the channel and enhanced natural vegetation. Connecting this valuable shallow water habitat back to the mainstem and opening it up to tidal processes will create more habitat where juvenile salmon and steelhead can grow and feed before they head to the ocean.   


    Catherine Creek instream and riparian enhancement

    April 23-26:

    The Grande Ronde Subbasin

    Catherine Creek


    Upper Davis Dam: Structure installed at an irrigation diversion structure to improve fish passage on Catherine Creek.


    Tony Malmberg and David Pilz of the Freshwater Trust and Jeff Oveson of the Grande Ronde Model Watershed on OSU’s Hall Ranch Property, discussing water transactions on Catherine Creek.





    Read more about how farmers and ranchers are getting involved in salmon recovery at Columbia Basin Water Transactions.




    Joe Platz of the US Forest Service describes a project

     to decommission roads and enhance riparian habitat on the South Fork of Catherine Creek in Northeast Oregon.


  • About the ISRP

    The Independent Scientific Review Panel is an eleven-member group of scientists appointed by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to provide independent scientific review of its fish and wildlife recovery projects. A 1996 amendment to the Northwest Power Act directed the ISRP to advise the Council regarding projects that are directly funded by BPA under the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program and evaluate whether they:


    q are based on sound science principles;

    q benefit fish and wildlife;

    q have clearly defined objectives and outcomes; and

    q have provisions for monitoring and evaluation of results



    About the Geographic Review

    During the spring and summer of 2013, ISRP and Council staff are visiting habitat restoration projects for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin.  The tour is part of a comprehensive review of 87 habitat projects funded by BPA under the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program, known as the geographic review.  An important function of these reviews is to evaluate project results (i.e., are they addressing factors that limit salmon and steelhead survival) and how well the projects have adapted proposed future work based on those results.


    The tour provides a great opportunity to feature the accomplishments of the federal caucus's many partners in the Columbia Basin.

    See more ISRP 2013 tour photos for:

    Deschutes/John Day

    Mountain Creek