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Fish Screening Task Force

The ODFW Fish Screening Task Force was formed in 1991 (ORS 496.085) to advise the Department on screening program development, funding, monitoring, technology, reporting, and project prioritization. This seven person public body is composed of three members representing agriculture, three representing fishing/fish conservation, and one representing the public at large. This group provides the public a great opportunity to shape how the screen program operates. The task force meets quarterly throughout the state. Members are appointed by the ODFW Commission and may serve up to three consecutive two year terms. Current Task Force members and their terms are:

Darin Olson Salem Agriculture September 2021
Kristin Bishop McMinnville Fishing or Fish Conservation March 2019
Judith Barkstedt Portland Fishing or Fish Conservation September 2021
Alexis Vaivoda Hood River                       Public March 2021
Greg Harris Boardman Agriculture February 2018
William Freeland Springfield Fishing or Fish Conservation September 2021
Robert Durham Dufur Agriculture April 2023

DARIN OLSON, Agricultural Representative
Darin is currently an irrigation manager who oversees and managers more than 1,500 acres of farmland in Marion County. He has been a member of the Marion Soil Water Conservation District for 12 years, including serving as chair for three years. Mr. Olson has experience with fish screening including partnering with ODFW on two past fish screening projects.

KRISTIN BISHOP, Fishing or Fish Conservation
Kristin grew up on a farm in the Willamette Valley. She enjoys fishing for a variety of fish species throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Kristin enjoys encouraging and supporting others as they fall in love with fishing.

JUDITH BARKSTEDT, Fishing or Fish Conservation Representative
Judith works in the Water and Environmental Group at David Evans and Associates. She has 20 years of education and experience as a fish biologist including work in the Colorado River Basin and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on research and management of endangered fishes in water-scarce systems. In the past, Ms. Barkstedt has served on the Desert Fishes Council and is a current member of the Pacific Lamprey Technical Workgroup. She has a passion for fish conservation.

ALEXIS VAIVODA, Public at Large Representative
Alexis lives in Hood River where she works for Farmers Conservation Alliance in the fish screen industry.  Ms. Vaivoda has a strong background in the technology and constraints that must be considered for successful fish screen projects.  She is also experienced in working with water users to develop and install fish screens. 

WILLIAM FREELAND, Fishing or Fish Conservation Representative
William is retired; his career consisted of a variety of public work including the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and Department of Energy. He has experience with water related issues through his involvement with many of the Columbia River hydroelectric dams. Mr. Freeland has previous natural resource experience and experience working with public and private groups. He has experience with various fish and wildlife habitat restoration and enhancement projects.

GREG HARRIS, Agricultural Representative
Greg is the Director of Farm Operations for Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman. He is a member of several agricultural boards and commissions. He gained experience with fish screens while serving on a multidisciplinary Technical Advisory Team to study the impact of fish screen designs on fish for the redesign process of the fish screen and pump station that supplies water to Threemile Canyon Farms.

ROBERT DURHAM, Agriculture Representative
Robert has owned and operated a cattle and hay farm in Dufur, Oregon, for 36 years. Being an irrigated land farmer and member of the Fifteenmile Watershed Council, he is interested in helping maintain and improve fish habitat while balancing farmer irrigation needs.

Task Force Work Products

Fish Screening Task Force Operating Guidelines

Develop a Guidance Document for Evaluating Exemptions from Screening

Meeting Schedule, Agenda and Minutes (pdfs)
2024 Meetings Location Agenda (pdf) Minutes (pdf)

May 7, 2024

Salem (Meeting in-person with a virtual Teams option)


October 4-5, 2024

(Combined meeting with the Fish Passage Task Force)

Salem (Meeting in-person with a virtual Teams option)

2023 Meetings Location Agenda (pdf) Minutes (pdf)

June 23 - 24, 2023

(Combined meeting with the Fish Passage Task Force)

Bend/Sisters Area

(Meeting in-person with a virtual Teams option)
Agenda Minutes
2022 Meetings Location Agenda (pdf) Minutes (pdf)
November 9, 2022 Salem, ODFW Headquarters and Teams Virtual Meeting Agenda Minutes
July 23 - 24, 2022

July 23 - Field Trips
July 24 - Salem (Meeting in-person with virtual option)

Agenda Minutes
2021 Meetings Location Agenda (pdf) Minutes (pdf)
October 22, 2021 Virtual Teams meeting Agenda Minutes
August 27, 2021 Virtual Teams meeting Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2021 Virtual Skype meeting Agenda Minutes
2020 Meetings Location Agenda (pdf) Minutes (pdf)
August 5, 2020 Virtual Skype meeting Agenda Minutes

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