Supporting Healthy Salmon and Steelhead Migration
About Cold Water Refuges
Cold water refuges are areas that are colder than the main river temperature. Salmon use cold water refuges to successfully migrate up the Columbia River to their spawning grounds. Protecting and restoring these cold water refuges is important for the survival of migrating salmon and the recovery of future salmon populations.
The project is connected to climate change. As rivers warm under climate change, cold water refuges will become even more essential to the survival of cold water fisheries, such as salmon and steelhead.
- Identify the cold water refuges currently available for use by migrating salmon.
- Assess the sufficiency of the refuges for current and future populations.
- Identify strategies to restore, enhance, and protect high quality refuges for the future.
The EPA is leading the project and working with the States of Oregon and Washington, NOAA Fisheries, tribes, and other partners.
- Dru Keenan (email@example.com), Project Co-Lead
800-424-4372, x1219, or 206-0553-1219
- John Palmer (firstname.lastname@example.org), Project Co-Lead
800-424-4372, x6521, or 206-553-6521
- Debra Sherbina (email@example.com), Community Involvement Coordinator
800-424-4372, x0247, or 206-553-0247
- Northwest Water Quality Temperature Guidance for Salmon, Steelhead and Bull Trout
- NOAA Fisheries Salmon and Steelhead
Project DocumentsYou may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- Agenda from November 8, 2017 Workshop: Columbia River Cold Water Refuges Project (PDF)(1 pg, 133 K)
- Fact Sheet: Columbia River Cold Water Refuges Project (PDF)(2 pp, 981 K, July 2017)
- Scope of Work: Columbia River Cold Water Refugia Plan (PDF)(8 pp, 346 K, September 2016)
- Reasonable and Prudent Alternative: Columbia River Cold Water Refugia Plan (PDF)(1 pg, 294 K)
- Presentation Slides from September 2016: Columbia River Cold Water Refugia Plan (PDF)(25 pp, 4 MB)
- Summary from June 1, 2016 Workshop: Columbia River Cold Water Refuges (PDF)(7 pp, 563 K)
- Presentation Slides from June 1, 2016 Workshop: Columbia River Cold Water Refuges (PDF)(44 pp, 7 MB)