Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
Pacific Region

Ron Rhew

Ron began his science career as a marine science technician with the U.S. Coast Guard, conducting oceanographic surveys in the North Atlantic Ocean.  After completing his tour of duty, Ron began his college degree program at Eastern Kentucky University, finishing his BS in Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho. He later completed an MS in entomology from the University of Idaho.

Prior to coming to work for the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office, Ron gained experience as a biological aid working with the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission, conducting stream and terrestrial surveys; with the Bureau of Land Management in Rawlins WY, conducting soil vegetation inventories; at the University of Idaho Co-op Fisheries and Wildlife unit on various fisheries projects across the Pacific Northwest; with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks conducting reservoir studies; at Oregon State University conducting fish forestry research; and the Oregon State Fish and Wildlife Office, working on all phases of  the Endangered Species Act.

Ron presently serves as Service representative on Northwest Power Planning Council Subbasin Planning Teams; assists with implementing actions to recover endangered species; administers the national fish passage program for Oregon; assists with implementation of the Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act (FRIMA); represents the Service on the  Anadromous Fish Advisory Committee convened by the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority(CBFWA); and coordinates the office’s ESA Section 10 and Section 7 activities.

To contact Ron, please call 360.604.2500 or email

Last updated: February 14, 2012
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