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The Columbia Basin Collaborative is a collaboration of states, tribes, federal agencies, and stakeholders that is developing recommendations for achieving abundant and harvestable salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin. With leadership from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, the CBC was formed in 2020 to advance the quantitative and qualitative goals of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force. The CBC seeks consensus agreement on action-oriented proposals, and promotes them to the appropriate federal, state, tribal, and other decision-makers for authorization, funding and implementation. The current recommendations developed and supported by the CBC can be found here.

The CBC is committed to a collaborative framework that recognizes tribal cultural values and treaty/non-treaty rights and addresses the cultural significance of fish, as well as the needs of the regional economies, including but not limited to agriculture, transportation, fishing, recreation, port operations, and state and tribal fisheries.

Learn more about the CBC process and framework here.

The CBC is comprised of an Integration/Recommendations Group, Work Groups, and a Project Team.

Integration/Recommendations Group (I/RG)

The I/RG is made up of representatives from tribal, federal, and state sovereigns and stakeholder groups. The I/RG develops recommendations for actions to help achieve CBPTF goals in consideration of social, cultural, economic and ecological issues. They meet quarterly. More information including the current roster of I/RG representatives is here.

Topic Specific and Science Integration Work Groups

The Topic Specific and Science Integration Work Groups are comprised of regional experts, sector leaders, and advisors to address impacts to salmon and steelhead. The current topics that are being addressed include:

The Science Integration Work Group works across all above topics.

The work groups were convened in Fall 2022 and the duration of the Work Groups depends on the topic and direction from the I/RG. 

The Work Groups work on behalf of the I/RG to:

  • Develop draft recommendations for actions, and assist the I/RG in feasibility assessments of those actions, to help achieve goals in consideration of social, cultural, economic and ecological issues;
  • Work collaboratively to clarify and assess subject-specific issues and potential actions and solutions consistent with CBC direction and priorities;
  • Leverage existing data and studies to support their assessments; and
  • Coordinate and collaborate across other Work Groups for complementary analyses and solutions as needed.

Project Team

The Project Team is made up of representatives from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana and National Marine Fisheries Service. The project team coordinates and oversees process operations and logistics, organizes workflow, solicits information from regional forums, and communicates assignments from the I/RG to the Work Groups.

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