Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Posted on November 1, 2015

 

The Columbia River is the lifeblood of our region, providing fishing, commerce, irrigation for farms, power, and recreation to the Pacific Northwest. Today, about 5.1 million acres of crops, including hops, in the Columbia River Basin are irrigated with water from the Columbia River and its tributaries. Yet the river is degraded.  Since the 1880s, the river has lost over 50% of its habitat and current monitoring shows it is contaminated with many toxics posing a significant threat to wildlife, clean water, and our health.

To address these challenges, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership brings together diverse groups —businesses, ports, local governments and federal agencies, Tribes, nonprofits, watershed councils, conservation districts, and others—to collaborate and find solutions to toxics and other issues facing the Columbia.