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2009-2011 Biennial Report - Agency Actions
A key premise of the Oregon Plan is that effective actions by government agencies are essential to improve Oregon’s watersheds. This premise recognizes the role of state and federal agencies to implement existing regulatory and conservation programs to protect natural resources. Agency actions, in partnership with local groups and landowners, are important to improve water quality, recover salmon populations, and restore watershed health.

Agency Roles and Reports
A number of Oregon state agencies are responsible for conservation investments, water quality and quantity protection, fish and wildlife habitat protection, and restoration activities, as well as fishery harvest management and production of hatchery fish. Each agency is given authority by legislative action and their capacity is limited by budget appropriations. The following describes each agency’s mission and offers examples of agency Oregon Plan activities during the first half of the 2009-2011 biennium.
 
The Oregon Business Development Department (OBDD) works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians. [PDF]
 
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) provides leadership, service, and regulatory functions for food production and processing, and protection of the agricultural natural resource base. Plant Division Annual Report 2009; Noxious Weed Control Program [PDF];  and ODA Report [PDF].
 
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is responsible for protecting and enhancing Oregon’s water and air quality and for managing the proper disposal of solid and hazardous wastes. [PDF
 
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is responsible for all Oregon fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, including operating hatcheries, selling hunting and angling licenses, advising on habitat protection for Oregon’s diverse wildlife populations and educating the public on natural resource issues. [PDF
 
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), at the direction of the state forester, appointed by the State Board of Forestry, acts on all matters pertaining to forestry, including collecting and sharing information about the conditions of Oregon’s forests, protecting forestlands, and conserving forest resources. [PDF]
 
The Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) is Oregon’s centralized source of geologic information.
 
The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) administers Oregon’s statewide land-use planning program and Oregon’s federally approved coastal-management program. [PDF]
 
The Department of State Lands (DSL) manages grazing and agricultural land, forestland, off-shore land and estuarine tidelands, and submerged and submersible lands of the state’s extensive navigable waterway system. DSL administers the state’s removal-fill law and is the lead agency for the protection and maintenance of wetlands resources. [PDF]
 
The Oregon State Marine Board is Oregon’s recreational boating agency, dedicated to safety, education, and access. 
 
The mission of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is to “provide and protect outstanding, natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.” OPRD operates Oregon’s state parks. [PDF]
 
The mission of the Oregon State Police (OSP) is to develop, promote, and provide protection to the people, property and natural resources of the state, along with ensuring the state’s safety and livability.  In 2009-2010, lottery dollars funded 29 OSP fish and wildlife trooper positions across the state. OSP troopers completed 26,794 hours of resource protection, made 36,817 contacts, and documented 4,703 violations.
 
The Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) mission is to provide Oregonians with a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities.  ODOT invests funding to retrofit and replace culverts that block fish passage across state highways. This biennium, eight projects were completed to open or improve access to 7.4 miles of stream habitat. [PDF]
 
The Water Resources Department’s (WRD) core functions are to protect existing water rights, facilitate voluntary streamflow restoration, increase the understanding of the demands on the state’s water resources, provide accurate and accessible water resource data, and facilitate water supply solutions. [PDF]
 
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) provides watershed improvement grants, technical guidance and assistance to local groups working with volunteer landowners to improve watershed health.  OWEB also partners with other stakeholders, agencies, local governments, tribes, and industries to support watershed restoration efforts.
 

Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Planning and Tracking
The State of Oregon maintains conservation and recovery plans for populations of salmon and steelhead listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These conservation and recovery plans set goals for measurable viability criteria. Analyses of these criteria and additional data are also available at http://odfwrecoverytracker.org/.
 
Additional information can be found through the following links:
Corvallis Research Lab general page
Smolt production at specific sites
Adult summaries by basin (spawners)
Coho abundance 
 

2009-2011 Biennial Report Sections
2009-2011 Online Report Main Page
Executive Summary [PDF]
Agency Actions
Voluntary Restoration
Monitoring 
Science Oversight
Basin Reports
Data Sources, Acronyms, and Credits [PDF]