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Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds
Purpose
Salmon, and the rivers that are their home, are fundamental and treasured elements of Oregon's diverse landscapes. The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds is Oregon's cooperative effort to restore salmon runs, improve water quality, and achieve healthy watersheds and strong communities throughout the state.

Program Implementation
WRD Roles and Responsibilities
The Oregon Plan measures which the Water Resources Department is committed to implementing under the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds include a variety of actions targeted to priority watersheds and streams to incrementally aid in improving salmonid habitat throughout the state. Within the existing legal framework, the measures are intended to support recovery efforts by encouraging voluntary efforts by water users to preserve and enhance streamflows and by ensuring that the use of water is consistent with state water law and the terms and conditions of water rights.
The Department developed updated measures (PDF 36 K) in February 2003 to focus on actions that have the greatest potential for success in high priority watersheds addressing three key desired outcomes: (1) maintenance and restoration of streamflows, (2) fish passage at all instream structures, and (3) protection against salmonid mortality.

Streamflow Restoration Priorities
The Water Resources Department and the Department of Fish and Wildlife jointly identified priority areas for streamflow restoration in basins throughout the state. These priority areas represent watersheds in which there is a combination of need and opportunity for flow restoration to support fish recovery efforts under the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. WRD is focusing its efforts to aid in recovery of salmonids on these priority areas. A summary (PDF 133 KB) of the prioritization process and the criteria used in establishment of the priorities is available. Click on a basin to obtain a map and tabular listing of the summer rankings and priorities in an Adobe Acrobat pdf format.

  Mid Coast BasinSouth Coast BasinUmpqua BasinRogue BasinKlamath BasinGoose and Summer Lakes BasinMalheur Lake BasinOwyhee BasinMalheur BasinPowder BasinGrand Ronde BasinUmatilla BasinJohn Day BasinDeschutes BasinHood BasinSandy BasinWillamette BasinNorth Coast Basin

Additional maps and supporting information on the priorities are available at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife´s Streamflow Restoration Priorities site.

Put a Salmon on Your Plate!


 
Putting a salmon on your plate is a great way to become a partner in the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.  When you pay an additional $30 for your two-year passenger car license plate, $15 is granted by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board directly to projects that address road-related impacts to salmon and trout streams.  The remaining $15 goes to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to promote the Oregon Plan and support fish habitat restoration in state parks.  Visit the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds website for more information.

Links and Resources
The Oregon Plan Website
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife´s Streamflow Restoration Priorities
WRD Oregon Plan Measures (PDF 36 K)
  Feb 2003