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Columbia Conservation District serves a vital link for Salmon Restoration


Columbia County, City of Dayton

Project Summary

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) became the primary tool for habitat restoration.  Thirty-five CREP projects, coupled with growers implementing upland conservation tillage practices and applying irrigation water management practices, increased steam flows and reduce sedimentation.  

Conservation Partners

Columbia Conservation District, Washington State Conservation Commission, NRCS, BPA, and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.

Resource Challenges

Decreased stream flows, increased stream sedimentation, increased stream temperatures, lack of diverse habitat for salmonid endangered species.

Conservation Programs Used

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and Irrigation Efficiency Program from the Washington State Conservation Commission.


Terry Bruegman, project leader, started the locally led process to involve landowners is a critical link to the success of the project. 


Increased habitat diversity, increased stream flows, and decreased stream temperature by 10 degrees.


Ed Teel, Soil Conservationist
Walla Walla
509.522.6347 Ext. 106

NRCS, Spring 2014

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