Questions & Answers

Tacoma Power, WDFW and others from the Fisheries Technical Committee publish brief answers to questions asked at Cowlitz Fisheries Public Meetings. Most questions focus on the sports fishery. Here are the responses to questions from recent public meetings:

Spring 2015 & September 2014 Public Meetings
March 12, 2014
2014 F.A.Q.
May 29, 2013

Cowlitz Fisheries Programs

This page on Tacoma Power's Web site gives an overview of the various Cowitz Project fisheries programs and includes links to information about the Cowlitz Salmon and Trout Hatcheries. Information about upcoming public meetings is also posted here.

Cowlitz Fisheries Committee

The Fisheries Technical Committee (FTC) was created by the settlement agreement for the Cowlitz River Hydroelectric Project and is part of the project's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license. This page on Tacoma Power's Web site includes links to FTC meeting summaries, decision documents and the 2011 update to the Fisheries & Hatchery Management Plan.

Managing Cowlitz River Flows

Here are the slides shown at the September 25, 2013 public meeting describing required minimum flows for the Cowlitz River and the effect that wind power is having on hydro-power operations (which in turn affects downriver flows).

Cowlitz License Documents

This page on Tacoma Power's Web site has links to many informative documents relating to the Cowlitz River Project license and its implementation. It also includes information on how to search for information about the Cowlitz River Project on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Web site.

Fish Habitat Fund

As part of the federal license for the Cowlitz River Project, Tacoma Power set up a three million dollar Fish Habitat Fund to protect, restore and enhance fish habitats as funds allow. This page on Tacoma Power's Web site includes a link to the Fish Habitat Plan Allocation Fund.

Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board plans

Click here to access the "2010 Lower Columbia Salmon Recovery and Fish & Wildlife Subbasin Plan" that includes a 151-page "Chapter F" for the Upper Cowlitz, Cispus & Tilton rivers.

FTC Members

Cindy Le Fleur
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
2108 Grand Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98662-4624
(360) 906-6708

Jim Pacheco
Washington Department of Ecology
P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600
(360) 407-7458

Michelle Day
NOAA Fisheries
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 736-4734

Mark LaRiviere
Tacoma Power
P.O. Box 11007, Tacoma, WA 98411
(253) 502-8767

Bob Rose
Yakama Nation Fisheries
P.O. Box 151, Toppenish, WA. 98948
(509) 865-5121 Ext. 6314

Paul Sparks
Washington Chapter, Trout Unlimited
14205 Military Road SE, Tenino, WA 98589
(360) 446-7874

Lou Ellyn Jones
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
510 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey, WA 98503-1263
(360) 753-5822
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Barrier Dam below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery

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Cowlitz Fisheries Plans & Actions

Tacoma Power's 2003 federal license for its Cowlitz River Hydroelectric Project orders the development and implementation of many plans affecting Cowlitz River fisheries.