Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board

Our Mission

To restore viable and sustainable populations of salmon, steelhead and other at-risk species through collaborative, economically sensitive efforts, combined resources, and wise resource management of the Upper Columbia region.

Featured Project


Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

Completion Date:

December 20, 2019


Okanogan County



The primary focus of this project is to increase the quality and quantity of juvenile summer/fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) rearing habitat needed from the late-winter through early-summer post-emergent/pre-migration period. Site specific project objectives were developed to addresses the primary limiting factors: Increase the quantity of secondary channel habitats for short-term rearing of summer/fall Chinook salmon, Increase habitat complexity in secondary channel habitats, Improve sediment sorting processes in secondary channels and on the floodplain. Post emergent and rearing life-stages of Okanogan River summer/fall chinook prefer to inhabit secure, low-velocity, off-channel areas where energetic demands are low and food availability is high. However, these types of habitat conditions are sparse throughout the river and identified as a high-priority for restoration in the Pharr Road site.

The project will consist of: creating a side channel inlet and enhancing the side channel geometry, large wood habitat structure at the side channel inlet, and revegetation.


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Nicole Jordan

February Science on the Street

Featured article A hypothesis-driven statistical approach for identifying ecosystem indicators of coho and Chinook salmon marine survival Highlights Salmon marine survival declined in Puget Sound

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Nicole Jordan

January Science on the Street

Featured article Exceptionally high mortality of adult female salmon: a large-scale pattern and a conservation concern Abstract In recent decades, the relative proportion of female

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