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The Fish Passage Task Force advises the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Fish and Wildlife Commission on matters related to fish passage. These matters include, but are not limited to, rulemaking to implement statutes, funding and special conditions for passage projects, and exemptions and waivers. The nine Task Force members are chosen by the ODFW Director to represent one of three groups. Task Force member’s terms last for four years. Each Task Force member is eligible for two terms. Current Task Force members and their terms are:


Stuart Myers

Portland Fishing and Conservation

May 2011

May 2019
Douglas DeHart Oregon City Fishing and Conservation May 2010 May 2018
Harry Rectenwald Astoria Fishing and Conservation April 2009 April 2017

Willie Tiffany

Portland Water Users

May 2011

May 2019
Richard Burke O’Brien John Day Water Users January 2013 January 2017 (first term)
Kim Kambak Prineville Water Users April 2009 April 2017
David Heller Portland Public-At-Large February 2009 February 2017

William Cunningham

Bend Public-At-Large

November 2015

November 2019
Ken Bierly Salem Public-At-Large November 2015 November 2019

Fishing and Conservation Groups

Stuart Myers, resides in Portland and is a consultant aquatic eologist with a private natural resource firm.  He has been involved in many programs and projects representing a variety of clients that have a fish conservation focus. His specific work experience related to fish passage issues involves working with several municipalities, counties, state agencies, public and private utilities, and other entities to assist them with fish passage and habitat improvement actions. He is an avid angler and can be found pursuing steelhead, salmon, and trout on a number of Oregon streams during his free time.

Douglas DeHart, a retired career fishery biologist with extensive knowledge and experience with fish screening and fish passage in the Northwest. He has worked closely with fish conservation groups and with state and federal fish passage and screening programs throughout his career. His retirement has provided him with an opportunity to become more actively involved in volunteer and citizen participation activities.

Harry Rectenwald, worked as a professional aquatic biologist for more than 30-years with California Department of Fish and Wildlife followed by several years at Astoria with the Columbia River Estuary Study Team (CREST) on stream/estuary restoration projects. Currently, Mr. Rectenwald resides in Portland and is a Senior Fisheries Ecologist with Terraqua Environmental Consulting working on fishery issues in the Columbia River and other watersheds in the Cascade region.

Water User Groups

Willie Tiffany, a native Oregonian, resides in Salem Oregon and is the Government Affairs Director for the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association.  Over his career, Willie has represented Oregon cities on water supply and development issues.  He has also worked specifically for the Joint Water commission which provides water to over 400,000 Washington County citizens.  While representing cities, Willie worked on the legislation establishing the Fish Passage Task Force.

Richard Burke O’Brien is the Public Works Director and Parks Land Manager for Morrow County, Oregon.  Burke is a native Oregonian who grew up in Baker and Wallowa Counties.  As the Public Works Director he has gained extensive experience and a keen understanding of transportation issues, particularly culverts and bridges.  Burke’s interests in habitat restoration and experience on over 50 projects as Land Manager for Morrow County Parks System will provide valuable perspective to the Task Force.

Kim Kambak, lives in Prineville Oregon, where she is active with the water users and local farming community. Kambak is a retired school administrator and currently owns and manages a small Poultry/Organic farm. She is currently serving on the City of Prineville Planning Commission after  nine years on the Crook County Planning Commissioner. She has a history of fisheries volunteer work with ODFW on Crooked and Ochoco Creeks and is a board member and farmer with Prineville Farmers’ Market. Kambak is active in local politics and appreciates the value of citizen input in Oregon’s decision making processes.


David Heller works as a professional aquatic biologist for more than 30 years and has extensive experience in the assessment, mitigation, and monitoring of fish passage projects in the pacific northwest. Mr. Heller currently is on a special detail for the US Forest Service as the National Transportation Ecologist with a focus on fish passage issues. He has represented the Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest Region in a wide range of fish passage and watershed restoration activities. He as played a key role in developing and managing the Forest Service’s fish passage program, where he has actively been involved in the development and implementation of policies and strategies to protect and restore fish habitat. Mr. Heller resides in Portland, Oregon.

William Cunningham (Bend), representing Public-At-Large Sector.  Mr. Cunningham, resides in Bend, Oregon and is an avid fisherman and conservationist who has both pursued and actively worked to protect migratory fish in Oregon, California, and Idaho.  He is retired after working thirty years as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California representing California Fish and Game and other California natural resource agencies.  He worked as legal counsel for the California Fish and Game Commission for over six years, and helped draft statewide regulations for protection of California migratory fish species including provisions specifically designed to enhance fish passage.

Ken Bierly, representing the Public-At-Large Sector.  Mr. Bierly resides in Salem, Oregon and is a and promoter of wetland and waterway health. Mr. Bierly was the Wetlands Program Director for the Department of State Lands form 1983 to 1996, the Governor’s Watershed Enhancement Board Program Manager on Governor Kitzhaber’s staff from 1996-1999, and the Deputy Director of the Watershed Enhancement Board from 1999 until his retirement in 2013. In these roles he drafted administrative rules on wetland permitting, provided administrative enforcement for wetland and waterways laws, oversaw the development of the Oregon Watershed Assessment Guide, and performed a variety of other duties associated with protecting Oregon’s waterways, including testifying to both state and federal legislative committees.

Meeting Schedule, Agenda & Minutes (pdfs)
2017 Meetings Location Agenda Minutes
March 10, 2017 Salem Draft Agenda Minutes
June 16, 2017 Salem Agenda  
August 15, 2017 Conference Call Agenda  
October 20, 2017 Salem Agenda  

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