With more than $250 million spent annually on projects that implement the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, scientific research is critical to improve knowledge and help guide decision-making. Following the advice of its two panels of independent scientists, over the last 10 months the Council updated the plan that guides research funded through the program and recently released a draft plan for 45 days of public review and comment.
See the draft plan and instructions on how to comment.
The purpose of the research plan is to help the Council, the Bonneville Power Administration, which funds projects that implement the program, project sponsors and the independent science panels (Independent Scientific Review Panel and Independent Scientific Advisory Board) continue to:
Based on recommendations of the ISAB and ISRP, the draft research plan identifies 14 areas for future research. In priority order, the top five are:
The Council’s research plan was first developed in 2006. While the plan has been reviewed periodically since then, the current revision and update is the first since 2006.