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Vol. 10, 2019
From the Tributaries

to the Ocean

Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board Newsletter

In this Issue:


2019 SRFB Grant Round

Draft applications for the 2019 Salmon Recovery Grants were due on March 18. Staff have reviewed 16 applications, and provided draft comments and Benefits to Fish scores for the projects. The draft application materials have been loaded into SalmonPORT and can be accessed through the grant webpage. The LCFRB Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will review the materials before their April 10 meeting. Project site visits start at the beginning of May. For information and timeline of this year's grant round, visit the LCFRB Salmon Recovery Grant webpage.

New LCFRB Technical Advisory Committee Members

The LCFRB started recruiting for new Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members at the end of last year to broaden the TAC's areas of expertise. The Board appointed three new members at their February 2019 Board meeting, bringing the TAC up to a total of eleven members. 
We welcome David Lindley, Lisa Brown, and Nicole Czarnomski to the LCFRB TAC.
  • David Lindley, Yakama Nation Fisheries Project Manager/Habitat Coordinator
    • David has over 14 years of experience in fisheries management, population monitoring and watershed restoration, and is a member of the Klickitat Lead Entity Technical Committee, as well as the RCO’s Wildlife and Recreation Program’s statewide review panel. 
  • Lisa Brown, WDFW Fish and Wildlife Biologist
    • Lisa has over 18 years of experience conducting fish and stream surveys in the lower Columbia region, and has extensive knowledge of fisheries biology and management, monitoring approaches, data management, and reporting. She also has a comprehensive understanding of local water conditions and processes.     
  • Nicole Czarnomski, WDFW Lower Columbia Habitat Restoration Manager
    • Nicole has over 17 years of experience as a researcher, watershed program manager, fluvial morphologist, principal scientist, and habitat restoration program manager, working for both public and private organizations. She has an in-depth understanding of lower Columbia fish populations, as well as tributary and mainstem habitat conditions and restoration needs.  
You can find more information on the TAC and the schedule of meetings on the LCFRB TAC webpage.

LCFRB Staff Honored by NOAA's MAFAC CBP Task Force

LCFRB Executive Director Steve Manlow and Salmon Recovery Specialist Amelia Johnson were honored at the beginning of the week by NOAA Fisheries' Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force. The Task Force thanked them for providing necessary data, input, and assistance to the Task Force in their effort to develop recommendations and common goals for a path to long-term salmon recovery across the entire Columbia River basin.

The Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force is organized under the NOAA  Fisheries' Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. The Task Force is developing long-term, shared goals and strategies to help align federal, state, tribal, and stakeholder interests across the entire Columbia River basin. The broad based goals are intended to provide for cultural, social, economic, and ecological values, beyond just getting to recovery under the ESA, such as supporting sustainable fisheries. LCFRB Director Steve Manlow was recently appointed to the Task Force, and will be representing the state's salmon recovery regions. For more information on the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force and meeting materials, visit their website.


Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects

The Estuary Partnership is accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects in the lower Columbia River. This will be the second of three technical review cycles for calendar year 2019 and is due on April 19, 2019. To aid in longer term planning, the next proposal applications due dates will be in October of 2019. Applications may be submitted at any time.
Funding can be used to support multiple phases of restoration projects including planning and design, permitting, and implementation. For more information, please see:

NFWF Acres for America 2019 Request for Proposals

Pre-Proposal Due Date:  Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
​​Invite-Only Full Proposal Due Date:  Thursday, June 27, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Acres for America is the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) premier land conservation program, and was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Read more on the NFWF website.


State gains new protections through public land act

A national, bipartisan environmental package that expands protections for public lands and supports outdoor projects across Washington was signed into law on March 12. The John Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, co-led by Senator Maria Cantwell includes specific wins for Washington public lands. The act reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has supported projects at popular sites like Olympic National Park, Lake Chelan, Gas Works Park, and Riverside State Park. 
Read the article from the Washington State Governor's Office here.
Clouds cover the tip of a mountain range at Olympic National Park.
(Photo courtesy of Flickr Olympic National Park group).


WA Fish and Wildlife Commission Allows Lower Columbia Fall Chinook Gillnet Fishing

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will allow gillnets in the lower Columbia River mainstem during the fall chinook salmon season, similar to a regulation on commercial fishing already adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission last year. The change will only be for 2019.

While the Fish and Wildlife Commission allow gillnetting this year, the WA legislature is currently considering a bill to outlaw the use of non-tribal gillnets on the Columbia River mainstem as of January 1, 2021. Read more on both changes here.

New App Makes Endangered Species Habitat Easy to Find

The NOAA Fisheries has launched a new mapping application (app) that quickly and easily displays the locations of marine and anadromous species and their habitats protected under the Endangered Species Act.

More information and a link to the app are on NOAA's website here.

This map shows highlighted populations, watershed boundaries, and projects funded through Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Funding.


2019 Salmon Recovery Conference

April 8-9, 2019
Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA

The Salmon Recovery Funding Board’s (SRFB) biennial Salmon Recovery Conference brings together people involved with salmon recovery from Washington State and the region for information sharing and networking about the 4 H’s of salmon recovery: habitat, hydropower, hatcheries, and harvest. LCFRB will be facilitating a session on all-H integration in recovery implementation efforts.

The Salmon Recovery Conference is organized and held by the WA State Recreation and Conservation Office. It is only held in odd-numbered years.The conference generally attracts about 800 attendees, more than 200 presenters, and more than 50 exhibitors. For more information check the RCO website.

Salmon Ocean Ecology in a Changing Climate

May 18-20, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, Oregon

The second North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission's International Year of the Salmon Workshop titled Salmon Ocean Ecology in a Changing Climate will be held this year in Portland, OR from May 18-20. Visit the workshop website for more information or visit the International Year of the Salmon website for more events.


  • We welcome Clark County Councilor, Mr. Gary Medvigy, as the new Clark County representative on the Board.

  • LCFRB has an open seat for a City representative within the region. This seat is typically filled by a city mayor.  Email Denise for more information.

  • LCFRB meetings are in a different county every month. We'll be in Skamania April 5 and Cowlitz May 3.

   Board members on a project site visit

Check our website for more upcoming events and information on the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board.

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