The Columbia River Coordination Section is responsible for working with other entities in multi-jurisdictional forums, and for collecting, coordinating, and disseminating information regarding Oregon’s fish populations and their habitats in the Columbia River Basin and other areas that cross jurisdictions. Section staff often represent the department in regional forums involving the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, the Lower Columbia River Estuary Program, and others. Staff assist with recovery planning for listed salmonids in the Columbia River Basin, provide technical support to department and state policy makers, and represent the department on technical committees such as the Columbia River Basin lamprey Technical Workgroup. The Columbia River Investigations Program is part of the CRC section.
Columbia River Investigations
The Columbia River Investigations Program is the research, monitoring and evaluation component of the OSCRP. The CRI Program currently conducts a number of projects involving white sturgeon population assessments, predation on juvenile salmonids, salmon spawning in the Columbia River below dams, systemwide monitoring of salmonid populations in the Columbia River Basin, and harvest and escapement of coastal Chinook salmon. Projects are designed to provide important information to fishery managers.