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News and announcements from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

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2017 Fishers Expo
2017 Fishers Expo

Nearly 100 people attended this year’s Columbia River Indian Fishers Expo in Hood River. It provided Indian fishers with information, resources, and training that will help them improve river safety, fish quality, and equipment maintenance.

The Columbia River Basin Holds Immense Natural Capital Value
The Columbia River Basin Holds Immense Natural Capital Value

A new report shows that the Columbia River Basin’s natural capital provides $198 billion in value annually, in food, water, flood risk reduction, recreation, habitat, aesthetic and other benefits. A modest 10% increase in ecosystem function would add $19 billion per year to the basin’s value.

Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act
Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act

CRITFC Chairman Leland Bill and Representative Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-WA). Chairman Bill testified before Congress in support of H.R. 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act. It seeks to give the tribes the same removal authority that the states have to deal with sea lion predation on endangered salmon populations.

Fisheries Technician Greg George Perishes in Columbia River Accident
Fisheries Technician Greg George Perishes in Columbia River Accident

“Greg grew up as a Columbia River fisherman and worked over the past 20 years helping to restore and protect the salmon runs, which he was doing when this tragic accident happened. He loved the river and saw the importance of his job protecting salmon. We can now say that he truly dedicated his life to this effort.”

Oxbow Mine Tailings Restoration Project
Oxbow Mine Tailings Restoration Project

A Warm Springs Tribe project on a damaged stretch of the Middle Fork John Day River is now unrecognizable. Thanks to these efforts, the ecosystem is well on its way to restoration.

Healthy Floodplains, Living Rivers
Healthy Floodplains, Living Rivers

The 2016 Future of Our Salmon Conference theme is “Healthy Floodplains, Living Rivers” to highlight the vital role of floods and floodplains to healthy rivers. The tribes viewed floods as natural occurrences that helped heal and sustain the land. Hopefully the efforts to undo the damage that avoiding floods and controlling rivers has done will gain broader support. By working together, we can help rivers act like rivers again.

Yakama Leader Patrick Luke Takes Reins as CRITFC Chairman
Yakama Leader Patrick Luke Takes Reins as CRITFC Chairman

Yakama Nation leader Patrick Luke was sworn in July 28 as the 2016-2017 chairman of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. He was selected by his peers from the Warm Springs, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Umatilla tribes to lead CRITFC at their June meeting.