• Accord Partner: Kalispel Tribe of Indians

    On July 11, 2012, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians joined the growing ranks of Northwest states and tribes that are working in partnership with BPA, the Corps and Reclamation in an unprecedented set of agreements designed to improve habitat and strengthen fish stocks in the upper Columbia River Basin over the next 10 years.


    The agreement makes available approximately $39.5 million over 10 years, including $2.5 million for land acquisitions for wildlife habitat. The Tribe has identified habitat projects to benefit Endangered Species Act listed bull trout as well as west slope cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish. In addition, the new agreement provides for the Tribe, Corps and BPA to work together on improving water management actions in late summer and early fall to improve downstream water temperature for bull trout and other aquatic species. 



    The Kalispel Indian Reservation is located approximately 55 miles north of Spokane in Pend Oreille County. Established by an executive order of President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, the main reservation consists of 4,654 acres along ten miles of the Pend Oreille River’s east bank near Usk, Washington. The Tribe’s Natural Resource Division manages nearly 5,300 acres of reservation lands and 2,450 acres of federal wildlife mitigation lands. The state of Washington recognizes the tribe as a co-manager for the Pend Oreille River watershed area. 







  • About the Kalispel Tribes and their Fish Accord

    The Tribe has critical and fundamental interests in the Pend Oreille River and its tributaries, the upper Columbia River and the fish and wildlife resources in these rivers. The Tribe, Corps and BPA share a concern regarding how operations of Albeni Falls Dam affect tribal interests in the natural resources of the Pend Oreille River and its tributaries. The Tribe has a particularly strong interest in native fish such as bull trout, west slope cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish.


    Kalispel Tribe Website

    Kalispel Accord

        Attachment A

        Attachment B

        Attachment C

        Oct. 2014 amendment: Habitat Enhancement to Improve Temperature Conditions



    Locations of Kalispel Tribe's Fish Accord projects.

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    The Fish Accord partnerships

    The Columbia Basin Fish Accords, first signed in 2008, establish a historic partnership among three federal action agencies (BPA, the Corps and Reclamation), six Northwest tribes and three states. 



    They provide firm commitments to hydro, habitat and hatchery actions, greater clarity about biological benefits and secure funding for 10 years.


    Under these agreements, the federal agencies, tribes and states work together as partners to provide tangible survival benefits for salmon recovery by upgrading passage over federal dams, restoring river and estuary habitat, and through scientific hatchery management.