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Cowlitz Fisheries Committee

Fisheries Technical 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.


FTC Final Decision Documents

Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery







FTC Final Meeting Summaries

Barrier Dam


Hatchery & Genetic Management Plans

Juvenile Rearing Area



WDFW Cowlitz HGMPs


 Cowlitz Fisheries & Hatchery Management Plan, 2016

Issue Papers:

Population Specific Assumptions and Data (ISIT tool):

Cowlitz Fisheries & Hatchery Management Plan, November 2011


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