The Council is amending its 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program by adopting and adding this 2020 Addendum. The 2020 Addendum is part of the fish and wildlife program while the 2014 fish and wildlife program also remains in effect. The two documents should be read together to understand the full details of the program’s strategies and other provisions.
Nothing in the 2020 Addendum replaces or supersedes the provisions of the 2014 program, although in some situations the addendum supplements or reorganizes material in the 2014 program.
This most recent set of program amendment recommendations focus on two aspects of the Council’s program: how it is implemented and how we assess and report on program performance. After nearly 40 years of program development and implementation, much has been accomplished to protect and mitigate the harmful effects of the hydrosystem. Currently, the program requirements are mostly about refining how the program is implemented; defining near-term and evolving priorities for implementation; evaluating program performance; and using what we learn about performance to improve implementation in a cost-effective manner. That is the purpose of this addendum.
Part I describes how the Council and others will assess the program’s performance and improve program implementation using an adaptive management approach. Part I includes a reorganization and elaboration of the program’s goals, objectives, and performance indicators as needed for this task. Part II identifies near-term priorities for implementation and funding, as well as program guidance on project implementation.