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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.

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

Public FTC Meetings

The agenda is available by clicking meeting date:                                        

          AGENDA                                                         POSTED                                
NOVEMBER 6, 2018  10/30/18       




FTC Final Meeting Summaries

Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery




FTC Final Decision Documents

Barrier Dam








Management Plans

Juvenile Rearing Area
Cowlitz Fisheries & Hatchery Management Plan, 2016

Draft chapters of the Tacoma Power Cowlitz River Project Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan will be posted as draft materials are developed. The document is in a draft status and will continue to be developed over the next several months.  

Draft Documents:


Comments may be submitted within 30 days of postings- click here:  



Issue Papers:
Population Specific Assumptions and Data (ISIT tool):
Cowlitz Fisheries & Hatchery Management Plan, November 2011
Cowlitz Trout Hatchery Releases
Hatchery Genetic Management Plans 

WDFW Cowlitz HGMPs

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