West Coast Subregions and Key Issues

Puget Sound, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Willamette River, Northern California, Central Valley, Southern California

Puget Sound

Puget Sound is a broad landscape of saltwater bays, islands, and peninsulas carved by prehistoric glaciers. It supports diverse marine life, including salmon and steelhead, Southern Resident killer whales, rockfish, marine mammals, and shellfish. We work with our partners in Puget Sound to conserve and protect these marine resources and their habitats.

Key issues include: Salmon Recovery, Habitat Conservation, and Killer Whales.

Columbia and Snake Rivers

The Columbia River Basin drains more than 258,000 square miles and together with its largest tributary, the Snake River, is home to salmon and steelhead, Pacific eulachon, and green sturgeon. We work collaboratively with partners in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho to conserve and protect these species and their habitats throughout the basin.

Key issues include: Salmon Recovery, Columbia Basin Partnership, the Federal Columbia River Power System, and the Pinniped Removal Program.

Willamette River

The Willamette River Basin is the largest watershed in Oregon, covering more than 11,500 square miles and 13 major tributaries that support salmon and steelhead runs. We work with our partners in the basin to conserve and protect these species and their habitats throughout the basin.

Key issues include: Salmon Recovery, Habitat Conservation, the Willamette River Biological Opinion, and Pinniped Removal Program.

Northern California

Covering a diverse geography that includes the Klamath and Trinity River Basins and the San Francisco Bay Delta, Northern California’s rivers support salmon and steelhead, Pacific eulachon, and green sturgeon. We work with our partners in California and southern Oregon to conserve and protect these species and their habitats throughout this region.

Key issues include: Klamath River Basin, Salmon Recovery, and the Voluntary Drought Initiative.

Central Valley

California’s Central Valley covers roughly 22,500 square miles and includes two major river systems that are home to salmon, steelhead, and green sturgeon—the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. We work with a wide variety of partners to conserve and protect these species and their habitats throughout the valley.

Key issues include: the California WaterFix, Water Operations, and Salmon and Steelhead.

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Southern California

With a dense population of more than 21 million people, southern California includes diverse landscapes and habitats that also support marine mammals, sea turtles, steelhead, and abalone. The region also supports economically significant commercial and recreational fisheries. We work collaboratively with our partners to conserve and protect each of these resources.

Key issues include: Steelhead Recovery, White Abalone Recovery, Habitat Conservation, Recreational Fishing, and Highly Migratory Species.

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on October 01, 2019