Technical Workshop Presentations

Presentations: All presentations clear for public distribution from the technical workshop are linked to the agenda item. They are the blue links followed by a document-pdf icon and file size.

Mission Statement: The 2014 Future of Our Salmon conference and workshop will focus on restoring salmon, lamprey, sturgeon and bull trout passage to historical locations throughout the Columbia River Basin.  From the workshop and conference, we intend to develop a unified strategy to restore fish passage that allows Columbia River Basin fish to return to their entire historical range.

Overall Goal:  Bring together interested parties to discuss technical, institutional and cultural issues associated with restoring juvenile and adult fish passage to historic locations.

Objectives:  Review recent advances in passage technology, identify obstacles and successes, and develop viable solutions. The findings from this workshop will be reported at the April conference in Portland.

Day One: Columbia River Basin Overview and Juvenile Fish Passage | Tuesday, March 18 


  • Francis Cullooyah, Tribal Elder, Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Welcome and Introductions of Workshop Hosts from the Tribes, First Nations and Intertribal Organizations of the Columbia River Basin

  • Roy Sampsel, Moderator

Discussion on Workshop Participation: Map of Columbia River Basin and Identification of Blocked Areas

  • Paul Lumley, Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Background on Columbia River Basin System and Dams

Introduction to the Columbia River Basin waterways and location of its key dams. A look at the present and historical distribution of fish in the mainstem and tributaries, and potential locations for restoring juvenile fish passage.

A Closer Look at the Upper Columbia: Grand Coulee, Chief Joseph, Waneta, Brilliant and Hugh L. Keenleyside Dams

Upper Columbia River Salmon Restoration: Overview of Existing Data for Salmon Reintroduction and Fish Passage in the Canadian Portion of the Columbia River

Current Resident Fish Information Relevant to the Reintroduction of Anadromous Fish Above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams

 Group Discussion: Other Known Technical or Engineering Studies Pertinent to Fish Passage

  • Workshop Participants

Experimental and Pilot Approaches for Juvenile Fish Passage in Technology, Design, Tracking and Monitoring

Downstream Juvenile Fish Passage in the Columbia and Snake Rivers

Development and Research of Downstream Passage Alternatives for Cougar Dam, South Fork McKenzie River, OR

Juvenile Fish Passage at a Two-Dam Complex with a Floating Juvenile Bypass System: Baker Lake Project

Engineering Design for Smolt Passage: Cle Elum Facility

Question and Answer Session (15 min)

Experimental and Pilot Approaches for Juvenile Fish Passage in Technology, Design, Tracking and Monitoring (continued)

 Salmon and Steelhead Production Potential: East Fork Owhyee River 

Question and Answer Session

Cumulative Juvenile Survival in Lower River Dams Passage

Looking Beyond: Permanent Approaches to Juvenile Fish Passage

Wanapum and Priest Rapids Dam

Technology and Design Considerations for High Head Structures and Examples at Other Facilities: Deschutes River Example

Monitoring Juvenile Salmonid Passage through the Columbia River Basin

Issues, Uncertainties and Research Needs for Juvenile Lamprey

Snake River Passage: Lessons Learned with Different Approaches

Question and Answer Session (15 min)

Difficulties in Passage and Juvenile Mortality

Juvenile Fish Passage and Survival in the Yakima River Basin

Losses of Juvenile Salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary from Caspian Terns and Double Crested Cormorants

Workshop Day One: Juvenile Fish Passage Summary

Summary of Key Issues

Recommendations for the April Conference

Moderated by Roy Sampsel


Day Two: Adult Fish Passage | Wednesday, March 19

Welcome and Introductions

  • Roy Sampsel, Moderator

Summary of Day One and Focus for Adult Fish Passage in Day Two

  • Roy Sampsel, Workshop Moderator

Adult Fish Passage Today

Fish Ladder Design, Operations, Cost and Water Use on the Mainstem Columbia River

Lower River Dams Passage and Cumulative Adult Survival by Species

Adult Harvest and Impacts on Conversion Rates

Question and Answer Session (20 min)

Adult Fish Passage Options

Adult Passage on the Round Butte Dam in the Deschutes River

Recent Adult Fish Facility Design and Construction at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Willamette Flood Control Dams

Trap and Haul Strategies for Passage at Multiple Projects

Adult Passage Options for Low Head and High Head Barriers

Designs and Performance of Adult Fish Passage Facilities: Vacuum Tube Adult Passage

  • Whoosh Innovations (document-pdf 333KB)
    Todd Deligan, Vice President-Fish Transport Systems, Whooshh Innovations

Question and Answer Session

Potential Application of Passage Options

Upper Columbia River: Adult Passage Alternatives for Chief Joseph, Grand Coulee, Waneta, Brilliant and Hugh L. Keenleyside Dams

Problems and Options for Fish Passage Over the Hells Canyon Complex

Adult Pacific Lamprey: Known Passage Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement

Sturgeon Passage Opportunities for the Columbia River Basin

  • Michael Parsley, Research Fishery Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Question and Answer Session (20 min)

Experimental Approaches and Strategies for Adult Fish Passage

Simulating Potential Solutions to Improve Water Temperatures in the Middle Fork Willamette River and Possible Application for the Columbia River

  • Norman Buccola, Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Yes, It’s Happening…Fish Passage on Six Mainstem Dams in the Pend Oreille and Clark Fork Rivers for Resident Fish

Principles and Concepts for Salmon Reintroduction and Reintroduction Planning

Joint Fish Passage Paper: “Fish Passage and Reintroduction into the U.S. and Canadian Upper Columbia River.”

Question and Answer Session (10 min)

Strategies for Adult and Juvenile Fish Passage: Panel Discussion

  • Nick Verretto, Fishery Biologist, Puget Sound Energy
  • Stephen Smith, Consultant, United Upper Columbia Tribes
  • Dr. Will Warnock, Aquatic Biologist, Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission
  • Gary James, Fisheries Manager, The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
  • Byran Nordlund, Senior Hydraulic Engineer, NOAA Fisheries
  • Casey Baldwin, Senior Research Scientist, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Workshop Day Two: Adult Fish Passage Summary

Summary of Key Issues

Recommendations for the April Conference

Moderated by Roy Sampsel



Day Three: Institutional, Cultural, Social, and Economic Issues | Thursday, March 20

Welcome and Introductions 

  • Roy Sampsel, Moderator

Summary of Day One and Two and Focus for Day Three: Institutional, Cultural, Social and Economic Issues

  • Roy Sampsel, Workshop Moderator

Cultural and Social Importance of Restoring Fish Passage to Historic Locations

Historical Distribution of Tribal Harvest Prior to Dams

Cultural Significance of Restoring Fish Passage to Canada

  • Dan Gravelle, Councillor, Tobacco Plains Indian Band, Ktunaxa Nation Council

Ceremonies and Salmon: Cultural Importance of Fish in the Upper Columbia

Cultural, Spiritual and Social Importance of Anadromous and Resident Fish in the Snake River

  • Nathan Small, Chairman, Fort Hall Business Council for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Barriers that Prevent and Barriers that Protect: Grappling with Legacy Effects of Dams in SE Oregon

First Foods: Salmon, Lamprey and Sturgeon

  • Gerry Lewis, Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation and Secretary, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Culture of Salmon from a Non-Tribal Perspective

Economic Value of Passage and Reintroduction Programs

Economic Studies of the Value of Fishery Restoration: Benefits of Passage and Reintroduction

Aspirational Fish Consumption Standards Based on Future Harvest Estimations: Implications for Passage and Reintroduction

Economic Value of Dam Removal, Passage and Reintroduction: Condit Dam Example

Question and Answer Session (15 min)

Issues to Consider for Passage and Reintroduction

PIT Tags: Look How Far We’ve Come

Collaborative Partnerships: The Warm Springs Tribe, Portland General Electric and the Pelton Round Butte Project

Impacts of Climate Change on Fish Passage and Reintroduction

The Okanagan Sockeye Restoration and Monitoring Program

Question and Answer Session (15 min)

Government and Regulatory Issues Panel: Regional Policy Challenges and Potential Solutions for Successful Fish Passage and Reintroduction

This panel will address questions and issues posed by the moderator and will also take questions from the workshop participants.

  • Tim Personius, Deputy Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Stephen Pozzanghera, Regional Director Region 1, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Bill Green, Director, Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission
  • Mike Lopez, Tribal Attorney, Nez Perce Tribe
  • Howie Wright, Fisheries Program Manager, Okanagan Nation Alliance

Workshop Day Three: Institutional, Cultural, Social and Economic Summary

Summary of Key Issues

Recommendations for the April Conference

Moderated by Roy Sampsel

The conference is hosted by these Columbia River Basin tribes, First Nations, and intertribal organizations:

CCRIFC LogoLogo of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish CommissionCSKT Logo-smallCowlitz_Tribe_LogoONA-logoucut-logo-onlyUSRT Logo Circle
Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries CommissionColumbia River Inter-Tribal Fish CommissionConfederated Salish and Kootenai TribesCowlitz Indian TribeOkanagan Nation AllianceUpper Columbia United TribesUpper Snake River Tribes

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