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The William D. Ruckelshaus Center

Columbia River Salmon

Project Description

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) asked the Ruckelshaus Center – in partnership with Oregon Consensus at Portland State University – to conduct a situation assessment of regional views about salmon and steelhead recovery planning in the Columbia River Basin over the long term. A situation assessment is an interview-based process undertaken to better understand and explore relevant issues and interests of involved parties and situation dynamics. An assessment team featuring practitioner and academic expertise from Washington, Oregon and Idaho reached out to a broad array of regional parties to capture the full range of perspectives. The resulting report (based on more than 200 interviews) led to the establishment of the Columbia Basin Partnership, which will create the first set of integrated goals for all Columbia River stocks, including measures of success. The Assessment Team included the following members:

  • Peter Harkema, Project Manager
  • Laurel Singer, Oregon Consensus Director
  • Turner Odell, Oregon Consensus Program Director
  • Debra Nudelman, Oregon Consensus Affiliated Practitioner and Senior Adviser
  • Jessie Conover, Oregon Consensus Project Associate
  • Michael Kern, Ruckelshaus Center Director
  • Amanda Murphy, Ruckelshaus Center Project and Research Lead
  • Mike Gaffney, WSU Division of Governmental Studies and Services Director
  • Christina Sanders, WSU Division of Governmental Studies and Services Assistant Director
  • Jerry Cormick, Ruckelshaus Center Affiliated Practitioner and Senior Adviser
  • Lori Higgins, Associate Professor of Extension and Research, University of Idaho
  • Barbara Cosens, Professor of Law, University of Idaho
  • Erica Bates, Ruckelshaus Center Project Associate

Read the Final Report “Columbia River Basin Salmon and Steelhead Long-Term Recovery Situation Assessment Final Report” (1.9 MB PDF)

For more information, contact Project Manager Peter Harkema, or Ruckelshaus Center Project Lead Amanda Murphy.

Updated on December 14, 2016

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