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 Friday, 5,417 spring chinook passed Bonneville Dam. So far 21,970 have passed this year.
Yakama Nation Floodplain Enhancement
by Laura Gephart, critfc watershed projects coordinator Willy Dick Creek, a tributary of Toppenish Creek, has four miles of available steelhead spawning habitat. The creek only produced an average of four ESA Middle Columbia River steelhead redds per year between... Continue Reading »
Columbia River Sea Lion and Sea Problem
A recent CRITFC survey of pinnipeds (sea lions and seals) in the lower Columbia River found this colony of about 6,400 harbor seals at the mouth of the river. The seals and sea lions are taking advantage of a high smelt run this year. It is unclear what the effects... Continue Reading »
River Forecast Spring 2015
by Kyle Dittmer, critfc meteorologist/hydrologist Rising rivers due to snowmelt is one of many cues that the Creator tells us that spring is here. The normal pattern of rising spring river levels is a cue to salmon smolts to move downriver as fast as possible,... Continue Reading »
Salmon Camp 2015 Applications Now Open
Tribal Salmon Camp 2015 CRITFC, in collaboration with the Nez Perce Tribe, is hosting Salmon Camp July 13 – 17, 2015. A limited number of incoming 6th-8th grade students from each of CRITFC’s four member tribes will be selected to attend this FREE week-long... Continue Reading »
Celilo Falls in Winter
A recent report from the US Army Corps of Engineers included a number of historical photos from along the Columbia River. Among them was this rare photograph of Celilo Falls during the winter. The photo was most likely taken in the late 1940s to early 1950s. (Photo... 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 »