Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds
2011-2013 Biennial Report
Restoration Issues Common to all Regions of the State
Fish Passage Barriers - Barriers to fish migration include push-up dams, tidegates, dams, culverts and natural barriers. Push-up dams are a common problem on the east side of the state while culverts and tidegates are the major problem on the west side of the state.
Loss of Riparian Cover - Species native to Oregon's riparian areas do vary across the state, but a common concern is that a reduction in cover contributes to increased water temperatures and increased sediment loads.
High Stream Temperatures - Rising stream temperatures are a concern for multiple reasons including the effects warm water has on endangered salmon and other species. While the contributing factors vary in different parts of the state, the overall decline in habitat quality due to warm stream temperatures occurs throughout Oregon.
Reduced Stream Complexity - Historical logging methods, other land use practices, and a poor understanding of the need for channel complexity is a legacy not unique to Oregon. For many years logs and other habitat were being removed from stream for navigability and the impact of these practices remains.
Noxious Weed Species - Invasive weed and animal species are a common threat to watershed conditions across the state though the species of concern in each region varies.
Watershed Restoration Project Accomplishments - projects completed and reporting in 2010 and 2011
The following table highlights the results over a two-year period of projects implemented and completed with Oregon Plan dollars.
|Riparian stream miles treated
|Roads: miles of road closed and decommissioned
|Roads: miles of roads improved
|Fish Passage: number of road/stream crossings improved
|Fish Passage: miles of stream made accessible to fish migration
|Fish Passage: number of push-up dams retired
|Fish Screens: number of fish screens installed on diversions
|Instream projects: miles of stream habitat treated
|Uplands acres treated
|Wetlands acres treated/created
|Total number of stream miles monitored
|Total number of volunteers
|Total number of volunteer hours
Coordinate Agency Actions
The following links provide access to further details about the other State of Oregon Natural Resource Agencies accomplishments and activities during the 2011-2013 biennium.
Oregon Department of Fish and WildlifeODFW Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Tracker
– provides monitoring data and results for those salmon and steelhead management units which have a conservation or recovery plan in place and funding for a comprehensive monitoring program.ODFW Native Fish Conservation and Recovery Program
– provides links to conservation and recovery plans, plan annual reports, and plan implementation information, as well as other documents associated with native fish conservation and management.
Oregon Department of AgricultureOregon Agricultural Water Quality Report
(PDF) - Along with Oregon’s Forest Practices Act and other nonpoint source water quality programs, as well as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s permitting programs for point sources, the AgWQMP is a key part of the state’s strategy for improving the condition of our waters. The program also addresses agriculture’s commitments in the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. By law, the program is charged to prevent and control water pollution from agricultural lands. It is also a key part of the state’s overall water quality program, ensuring that farmers and ranchers do their part in meeting water quality standards.
Online Data and Tools
Accomplishment Highlights - Videos, Region Summaries, and Online Tools
Click on the statewide map below to view a short video about Oregon's unique regions of the state and to view Oregon Plan Reporting basin descriptions, reports, and restoration issues.