Cowlitz Fisheries Committee

Fisheries Technical Committee

Cowlitz Fisheries Committee

Cowlitz River

The Fisheries Technical Committee (FTC) was created by the settlement agreement for the Cowlitz River Hydroelectric Project and is part of the project’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license.

The committee is responsible for making recommendations on actions to maximize the effectiveness of fisheries mitigation, protection and enhancement measures in the Cowlitz River Project area.

These recommendations include developing study protocols and plans for hatchery remodeling, fish management, fisheries disease management and fish passage. The FTC also makes adaptive management recommendations as indicated by monitoring and evaluation.

The FTC includes one representative each from Tacoma Power, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the Yakama Nation; and one individual representing Trout Unlimited and American Rivers.

This committee first met in November 2000 to begin implementing some of the measures identified in the Settlement Agreement.

If you have questions or comments regarding the FTC or processes related to this committee, please contact Travis Nelson at 253-502-8861 or



Fisheries and Hatcheries Management Plan – 2020

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DRAFT Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan

The following review chapters are in draft form and will be refined through the ongoing process of the Fisheries Technical Committee and participation of the public.

FHMP Review Schedule:

Action Item Date Responsible Party
Review Annual Process Chapter 11/7/19 – 12/7/19 FTC
Group Comment Discussion – APR 12/3/19 – 1/31/20 All
Review Complete Draft Document 11/18/19 – 5/30/20 FTC
Unresolved Topics Workshops 2/15/20-3/15/20 All
Edit Complete Draft Document 6/1/20 – 7/31/20 Tacoma/FTC
Unresolved Interim Plan Document 4/1/20-6/30/20 All
Review Draft Final Complete FHMP 8/7/20 – 9/7/20 Public
Incorporate Comments and Finalize FHMP 9/7/20 – 10/7/20 Tacoma
File updated FHMP 10/18/20 Tacoma



This document has been developed in coordination with the Fisheries Technical Committee (FTC) and incorporates comments received from the public and the FTC.

Tacoma will be accepting comments for this final review from the public submitted in the Comment Form provided here prior to September 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm PST.

Please submit comments to Matt Bleich at or Travis Nelson at




FTC Final Meeting Summaries

Cowlitz Fisheries Committee 1

Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery



FTC Final Decision Documents