Columbia River Basin

Facilitation, Policy and Technical Teams

Facilitation of the HSRG reviews, including project management and logistics, was conducted by D.J. Warren and Associates, Inc., led by Dan Warren. D.J. Warren and Associates, Inc. provided technical support to the HSRG via subcontracts to ICF, Jones and Stokes; Meridian Environmental, Inc.; Serverside Software; Malone Environmental Consulting; Triangle Associates, Inc.; Nancy Bond Hemming; and the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission.

The policy coordination team was comprised of staff from the law firm of Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim, LLP under the leadership of James Waldo. The policy coordination team tracked the progress of the HSRG review and convened periodic meetings with a committee of designated policy representatives from the tribal, state and federal management agencies.

Columbia River Basin Hatchery Reform Policy Committee

  • Ed Bowles, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Kat Brigham, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
  • Claudeo Broncho, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall
  • Jody Calica, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
  • Dan Diggs, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Ed Schriever, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Dave Johnson, Nez Perce Tribe
  • Becky Johnson, Nez Perce Tribe
  • Rob Jones, NOAA Fisheries
  • Robert Turner, NOAA Fisheries
  • Phil Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Guy Norman, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Joe Peone, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Philip Rigdon, Yakama Nation
  • Jim Waldo, Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim, LLP

Columbia River Basin

In order to facilitate an ecosystem-level review of such a large landscape as the US portion of the Columbia River Basin, the Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) divided the Basin into 14 regions, based in large part on regions defined by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in 2000. The 14 regions were then grouped into 4 areas: 1) Lower Columbia, 2) Mid Columbia, 3) Upper Columbia, and 4) Snake River.


The HSRG’s scientific review was conducted through a series of regional and cumulative workshops. The review began with populations and hatcheries located in the Lower Columbia River area in July 2006 and progressed upstream through the Snake River Basin in August 2008.



Lower Columbia Cowlitz/Washougal
Kalama and Lewis
Columbia Estuary, Washington
Lower Columbia to Sandy, Oregon
Columbia Estuary, Oregon
Columbia Gorge, Washington
Columbia Gorge, Oregon
Willamette, Oregon
Mid Columbia Columbia Plateau, Oregon
Columbia Plateau, Washington
Upper Columbia Columbia Cascade, Washington
Snake River Mountain Snake Salmon
Mountain Snake Clearwater
Blue Mountain

Each regional workshop was preceded by initial fact-finding by the HSRG. Data were collected and assembled into draft reports on the salmon and steelhead populations and hatchery programs within the region. The regional workshop began with a field visit to facilities and watersheds. The HSRG then met to review data and develop draft recommendations for hatchery programs. The federal, state and tribal managers of the region’s hatchery programs were included at the end of the regional workshop so the HSRG could ask remaining questions and get the managers’ initial reactions to the draft recommendations.

The HSRG captured all of this information in the AHA tool and the individual Population Reports. When the regional workshops within an area were completed, a cumulative workshop was held to “roll up” data on all of the populations in the area, allowing the HSRG and the area managers to view the “big picture” for that segment of the Columbia River Basin, which is presented in an ESU/DPS Rollup report.