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Clackamas Partnership’s Native Fish Recovery Science Summit
Tomorrow, May 23, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

The Clackamas Partnership is watershed councils and other organizations working together to improve watershed health and restore salmon, steelhead and other native fish populations in the Clackamas River Basin, Abernethy, Kellogg, and Johnson Creeks, and other urban streams. Historically, these rivers and streams supported thriving salmon, steelhead and other native fish. Today, native fish are in trouble. The region’s salmon, steelhead and other native fish populations have declined to critical levels. To address these declines the Clackamas Partnership works with landowners and others on voluntary restoration actions to improve water quality, streams, and floodplains that support thriving native fish.

The Clackamas Partnership is sponsoring a Native Fish Recovery Science Summit on May 23, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon City, 1726 Washington Street. The event is free and open to the public.
The public is encouraged to attend to share their perspectives on native fish recovery and stream restoration.

Through presentations  and displays, the Science Summit will cover the latest information on the status of salmon, steelhead and other native fish populations; the issues that are contributing to native fish declines; and actions to improve watershed health and native fish. There will be opportunities for participants to learn about actions they can take to improve fish habitat.

"The Science Summit is an exciting opportunity to hear from experts about what can be done to help native fish populations and learn from landowners about their interests. We hope area residents and others will attend to learn about the Partnership’s work and what they can do to contribute to recovery of salmon, steelhead and other native fish," said Cheryl McGinnis, Executive Director of the Clackamas River Basin Council.

The Clackamas River Basin Council, Greater Oregon City Watershed Council, North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council, and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council participate in the partnership. Other Partnership organizations include Metro, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Quality and State Parks, Clackamas County Water and Environment Services and Parks, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District and Portland General Electric.    

The Clackamas Partnership is developing a Strategic Action Plan that will guide voluntary restoration actions designed to improve streams, floodplains, and water quality. The Strategic Plan focuses on improving salmon and steelhead populations that are listed as threatened or endangered by the federal government and the state of Oregon. The Plan will also address Pacific lamprey and bull trout populations identified in federal and state native fish recovery and conservation plans. The development of the Strategic Plan is funded by a grant from  the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and Partner contributions.
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