Streamflow, fish, and habitat projects
Species of salmon, steelhead, and bull trout are endangered in much of the Columbia River Basin. Our Office of Columbia River is working to enhance and protect habitat, provide fish passage, and to develop new water sources to increase instream flows when fish need it most.
Two key elements of the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Management Plan address fish passage and habitat, and watershed protection and enhancement at reservoirs and important tributaries. Projects range from protecting the upper Yakima watershed by acquiring and creating the 50,241-acre Teanaway Community Forest to increasing floodplain habitat near the city of Yakima.
Columbia River Instream Atlas inventories fish priorities
We use the Columbia River Instream Atlas (Atlas) to help us determine which potential projects will provide the best benefit for fish per dollar spent. Developed with the help of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Atlas ranks stream reaches in 12 fish-critical basins.