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OPSW logo History, Legislation, and Documents

This page provides links to view or download documents that are important to explaining the history and development of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds (OPSW).

Oregon Coastal Salmon Restoration Initiative​ (OCSRI)

The OCSRI, issued in 1997, laid the foundation for the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. Its focus on coastal coho salmon populations listed under the federal Endangered Species Act later expanded to encompass a statewide watershed program.​ The Oregon State University Library provides the document in several segments.

Executive Summary​
Chapters 1-16
Chapter 17A-B
Chapter 17C
Chapter 17D-E
Chapter 17F
Appendices 1-2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4
Appendix 5
Appendix 6
Appendix 7

The Steelhead Supplement to the OCSRI​ (with Table of Contents​) described how Oregon would build on the OCSRI's foundation to address listings of steelhead populations under the federal Endangered Species Act. A 1997 letter issued by the Governor and legislative leaders about the OCSRI and Healthy Streams Partnership, and the Governor's 1999 Executive Order 99-01 creating the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.​

Policy and Legislation

Key Documents provides a list of related Oregon House and Senate bills, budget documents, memorandums, team charters, Federal Register items and publications. View original documents at a number of locations​ in Oregon.

The 1999 Oregon Legislature codified a number of the state's watershed management and enhancement programs, including the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds at Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) sections 541.351 to 541.420​.

The Agricultural Water Quality Management Act, approved by the 1993 State Legislature as Senate Bill 1010 (ORS 568.900 - 568.933), directs the Oregon Department of Agriculture to help reduce water pollution from agricultural sources and to improve overall conditions in a watershed.

Statewide Riparian Management Policy, developed by the Governor's Natural Resources Office and the Oregon Plan Core Team, to guide state agency policy and rulemaking as they relate to riparian areas.  This policy was developed in response to Executive Order 99-01 and the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team (IMST) recommendations regarding the need for landscape approaches to watershed management in Oregon.

Background Brief, 2010​


The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds: A Perspective was issued by the Oregon State University Institute for Natural Resources in January 2003. It contains a brief history of Oregon Plan development, outlines the mechanics of the plan, assesses plan strengths and weaknesses and offers observations on opportunities for future work. It also provides an appendix featuring summaries of major events, legislation and initiatives.

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board reports to the Legislature via the Oregon Plan Biennial Report.

The Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team (IMST) in its role as advisor to the state on matters of science related to the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds issued IMST Reports​.

Other Documents