CTUIR Fish Habitat Restoration in the Umatilla River Basin

The Umatilla River is an 89-mile (143 km) tributary of the Columbia River in northern Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. Draining a basin of 2,450 square miles (6,300 km ), it enters the Columbia near the city of Umatilla in the northeastern part of the state.

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Measurable Results

The restoration efforts in the Umatilla River Basin are substantial. Here are some of our measurable accomplishments:


1,197 Miles of Stream Flow Improved
5,332 Acre-Feet of Water Protected
Acre-Feet of Water Conserved

83 Miles of Improved Complexity
172 Pool Habitats Created
1,840 In-Stream Structures Installed

805 Floodplain Acres Restored
122 Miles of Fish Habitat Accessed
9 Barriers Removed & Improved

2,816 Riparian Acres Improved
185 Riparian Miles Improved
6,937 Riparian Acres Protected

Project Goal

Protect, enhance, and restore functional floodplain, channel, and watershed processes to provide sustainable and healthy habitat for aquatic species of the First Food order.

Project Objective

1) Finalize designs and implement 2014 projects to address limiting factors for key aquatic species, 2) Maintain existing project locations and easements and 3) Complete quarterly and annual progress reports and 4) Monitor implemented projects.

Project Funders

Funder Funding Amount
Bonneville Power Administration$2,841,097
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board$654,399
Umatilla Basin Watershed Council$566,086
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife$174,848
Blue Mountain Habitat Restoration Council $121,736
US Environmental Protection Agency$99,000
Environmental Protection Agency$94,350
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)$62,800
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund $24,000
Bureau of Reclamation$10,000
Umatilla County Soil and Water Conservation District$5,700

Project Partners