The Columbia River Basin provides habitat for salmon and steelhead, essential components of a healthy ecosystem and critical to Indian tribes and local communities. Loss of quality habitat because of pressures from population growth threaten fish numbers and the overall health of the basin. With this Critical Conservation Area designation, USDA will build on existing strong partnerships in the basin to work with agricultural producers to improve water quality and quantity in order to restore critical components of salmon habitat, aid in the recovery of Pacific salmon, and protect public health and the environment while maintaining a strong agricultural sector. The boundary of the CCA is a portion of the Columbia River Basin that includes essential fish habitat.
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Partners interested in submitting projects for consideration within the Columbia River Basin CCA should consider the overall goal of the CCA and priority resource concerns. CCA project proposals that align with NRCS priorities may rank higher in the evaluation of proposals.
Overall Goal: Promote water quality and management of water quantity to benefit recovery of salmon populations.
Resource Concern Priorities
Insufficient Water:Inefficient use of irrigation water
Water Quality Degradation:Excessive sediment in surface waters; excess nutrients and pesticides in surface and ground waters
Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife: Habitat degradation
For more information on the current status and trends of the U.S. agricultural sector and soil, water and related natural resources, visit the RCA Interactive Data Viewer and associated pages.
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