Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
Pacific Region

Don Anglin

Don collecting GPS data in the Hanford Reach.Don is a Supervisory Fish Biologist and Team Leader for the Water Management and Evaluation Team. The Team’s focus is in four primary areas; operation and configuration of the Federal Columbia River Power System and the effects on native resident and anadromous fish, instream flow and fish passage evaluations, bull trout research and recovery, and development of Biological Opinions and Habitat Conservation Plans.  Don has provided oversight and technical guidance in the CRFPO since 1998 on habitat evaluations, instream flow studies, and life history studies in the mainstem Columbia River and tributaries, as well as other river systems and coastal areas. He is currently responsible for work to determine factors limiting bull trout production and recovery, oversight of the development of a Biological Opinion on the effects of the FCRPS on bull trout, passage evaluations for Pacific lamprey through the FCRPS, and instream flow studies in the Wenatchee and Umatilla basins.  Don’s professional interests include physical and hydraulic processes, and how they relate to river dynamics and aquatic habitat. He guides the integration of aquatic species life histories with physical and hydraulic attributes to determine the relationship between river system hydrology and habitat for a range of aquatic species. These relationships are used to identify “best-fit” hydrologic schemes to accommodate the many competing demands on water resources in the Columbia Basin.

Don returned to the CRFPO in 1988 after a 10-year career in private consulting. From 1988 – 1997 he worked primarily on instream flow studies in the Columbia River (Hanford Reach fall Chinook, white sturgeon; Bonneville fall Chinook, chum salmon), Snake River (white sturgeon, nesting waterfowl, Deer Flat NWR water rights), Klamath River (fall Chinook and coho salmon), and Klickitat River (fall and spring Chinook, coho, steelhead). His focus, experience, and expertise in instream flow studies began during his consulting career from 1979 – 1988 and included work around the Pacific Northwest, as well as in streams in Colorado and New York conducting evaluations for a variety of salmonid species, as well as for walleye and smallmouth bass. Don also spent two years running a field office on the lower Mississippi River that was responsible for conducting baseline biological surveys to establish pre-operational conditions for a nuclear power plant. He conducted a number of basic life history, ecology, and habitat studies across various locations during this time period on rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and bull trout, and on shortnose and Lost River suckers.

B.S. degree, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management, 1975, Humboldt State University;


Colorado State University

• Field Techniques for Stream Habitat Analysis Using the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM) – 1986
• Using Computer Based Physical Habitat Simulation System (PHABSIM) – 1988
• Advanced Hydraulics in PHABSIM – 1989
• Problem Solving with the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM) – 1990

Additional Course Work

• Hydraulics, Sedimentation, Stable Channel Design – 1992; West Consultants, Inc.; Seattle, WA
• GIS for Project Leaders and Upper Level Managers – 1995; USFWS; Portland, OR
• Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Training Course – BroadBand ADCP’s – 1995; RD Instruments, Inc.
• River2D Hydrodynamic Model Course – 2006; University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
• GIS Introduction for Conservation Professionals – 2006; Vancouver, WA

Selected Publications

Barrows, M.G., D.R. Anglin, R.C. Koch, and J.J. Skalicky. 2012. Use of the mainstem Columbia River by Walla Walla Basin bull trout. Annual Report to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, Walla Walla, WA.

Anglin, D.R., D. Gallion, M.G. Barrows, S.L. Haeseker, R.C. Koch, and C.N. Newlon. 2010. Monitoring the use of the mainstem Columbia River by bull trout from the Walla Walla Basin. Final Report to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, Walla Walla, WA.

Hatten, J.R., Anglin, D.R., Haeseker, S.L., Skalicky, J.J., Schaller, H., and Tiffan. K.F. 2009. A spatial model to assess the effects of hydropower operations on Columbia River fall Chinook salmon spawning habitat. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29:1379-1405.

Anglin, D.R., Haeseker, S.L., Skalicky, J.J., Schaller, H., Tiffan, K.F., Hatten, J.R., Hoffarth, P., Nugent, J., Benner, D., Yoshinaka, M. 2006. Effects of hydropower operations on spawning habitat, rearing habitat, and stranding/entrapment mortality of fall Chinook salmon in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. Final Report. Columbia River Fisheries Program Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Vancouver, Washington.

Anglin, D.R., and J.J. Skalicky. 2000. Report D in D.L. Ward, editor. White Sturgeon Mitigation And Restoration In The Columbia And Snake Rivers Upstream From Bonneville Dam, Annual Progress Report 1998, Report to Bonneville Power Administration, Contract No. 00000140, Project No. 198605000, 187 electronic pages (BPA Report DOE/BP-00000140-1).

Anglin, D.R., J.J. Skalicky, and P.A. Ocker. 1999. Report E in D.L. Ward, editor. Effects of Mitigative Measures on Productivity of White Sturgeon Populations in the Columbia River Downstream from McNary Dam, and Determine the Status and Habitat Requirements of White Sturgeon Populations in the Columbia and Snake Rivers Upstream from McNary Dam, 1997 Annual Report to Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR, Contract No. 86BI63584, Project No. 198605000, 218 electronic pages (BPA Report DOE/BP-63584-13).

Anglin, D.R. 1994. Lower Klamath River Instream Flow Study. Scoping evaluation for the Yurok Indian Reservation. 46 pp. For the Bureau of Indian Affairs, by U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Vancouver, Washington.

Anglin D.R., Cummings T.R., Ecklund A. E. 1992. Swan Falls Instream Flow Study. 255 pp. U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Vancouver, Washington.

Anglin, D.R., W.J. Ambrogetti, and C.L. Burley. 1979. A preliminary study to determine feasible methods of harvesting adult Lamprey in the Columbia River. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Vancouver, WA.

To contact Don Anglin, please call 360-604-2508 or email

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