2014 Year in Review
Click here for CRITFC's major accomplishments and highlights of 2014.
Restoration to Harvestable Levels
The tribal salmon restoration plan Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit continues a tribal tradition of sound resource management.
Combining Science and Traditional Wisdom
The tribal salmon restoration plan Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit combines cutting edge science with traditional tribal knowledge.
Restoration to Harvestable Levels
The tribal salmon restoration plan Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit seeks to restore salmon to healthy levels that support a robust tribal and non-tribal fishery.
2015 Bonneville Fish Count
On Wednesday, 3,079 spring chinook passed Bonneville Dam. So far 209,524 have passed this year.
Our Shared Duty and Obligation to Protect Water
CRITFC Executive Director Paul Lumley’s Message Elders who fished at Celilo Falls talk about having small metal cups on a string that they would lower into the river to get a drink. It’s hard to believe that even just 60 years ago, the Columbia River was... Continue Reading »
Ocean Fishery Planning
Among the many duties of Fish and Wildlife Committee Members and CRITFC Commissioners are delegations where they are sent to participate in the work of the Pacific Salmon Commission and Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Pacific Salmon Commission deals with... Continue Reading »
Contaminants Found in Juvenile Lamprey
Recent research by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission found that high levels of pesticides, flame retardants, and mercury in Pacific lamprey may be contributing to their overall decline in the Columbia River Basin. The... Continue Reading »
Revised ID, WA Water Quality Standards
Both Washington and Idaho are moving forward to update their surface water quality standards. These standards determine the “safe” level of pollution that industry and municipal wastewater treatment plants are allowed to discharge into streams and rivers... Continue Reading »
Tribes Meet With EPA Administrator
Tribal leaders met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in the CRITFC commission chambers in Portland on April 15. Administrator McCarthy is President Obama’s chief environmental advocate. At the meeting, tribal leaders stressed their... Continue Reading »
Columbia River Sea Lions
Columbia Basin residents have supported and invested in salmon recovery efforts for decades to improve the status of salmon. A number of California sea lions have learned to exploit an artificial situation at Bonneville Dam to disproportionately impact depressed salmon runs.Continue Reading »
Each week, the CRITFC workforce development program will post educational and workforce development opportunities. The categories include K-12 opportunities, internships, scholarships, jobs, and professional development opportunities. Visit the page here.Continue Reading »
Integrating Floodplain Management and Salmon Conservation
Can floodplains be managed to provide a healthier ecosystem, improve water quality and minimize flood consequences consistent with sustainable development? An expert group of speakers will explore these topics at an upcoming Continuing Legal Education course hosted by CRITFC and OLI on Nov. 7.Continue Reading »
This ancient fish has survived ice ages, mass extinctions, and shifting continental plates for hundreds of millions of years. Now, in less than a century, they have declined to the point where their very existence is in peril. The tribes of the Columbia Basin, honor-bound to protect them, are working to restore this important part of the ecosystem and tribal culture.Continue Reading »
Columbia Gorge Coal Transport
Three proposals are being considered that would transport coal through the Columbia River Gorge to be shipped to Asia. All of these projects will affect the Columbia and those who depend on it, creating environmental injustice as the burdens of the projects fall on those who will reap the least benefits.Continue Reading »