Salmon Recovery Plan Best Management Practices
Marion County Public Works is actively participating in the recovery of threatened steelhead and Chinook salmon through a number of projects designed to protect aquatic habitat. Marion County is working to increase the quality and availability of fish habitat through restoration projects and by making all county road culverts passable by all fish species. Public Works continually assesses the impact of each of its activities on salmon habitat and employs their Best Management Practices Guide to minimize any adverse impacts.
The decline of Pacific salmon populations has resulted in the listing of four species as threatened, under the Endangered Species Act in Marion County. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) identified the Upper Willamette and Lower Columbia Spring Chinook Salmon and the Upper Willamette Winter Steelhead as threatened March 19, 1999. The Lower Columbia Winter Steelhead was previously declared threatened March 19, 1998. On July 10, 2000, final rules (4(d)) were published to explain what actions are considered as unlawful "take" of the listed species.
The purpose of the Marion County Salmon Recovery Plan is to enhance the recovery of native salmon and steelhead runs in Marion County, while maintaining a safe and efficient transportation system.
The objectives of the Salmon Recovery Plan include:
- Establishing a set of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to minimize the impacts of MCPW activities on salmon and steelhead runs and to train MCPW personnel on these BMPs
- Identifying and prioritizing capital improvement projects that will help restore native salmon and steelhead habitat within the County
- Ensuring that MCPW complies with the 4 (d) rules published by NMFS, prohibiting take of listed salmon and steelhead and applying programmatic limitation under Limit 10: Routine Road Maintenance
Limit 10 Submittal Maps (Sensitive Area Maps and Environmentally Sensitive Zone Maps that accompany the Limit 10 Submittal)
OSU Watershed Extension, Marion and Polk Counties - Watershed Extension education programs and events