What We Do

When the Dryden Canal is drained each year, a team of people from multiple organizations arrives to salvage lamprey ammocetes from the mud and return them to the Wenatchee River.

Our Services

Our Habitat Restoration program works with partners to enhance and restore aquatic habitats.

woman holding survey equipment

The National Fish Passage Program provides financial and technical assistance for projects that improve the ability of fish or other aquatic species to migrate by reconnecting habitat that has been fragmented by a barrier such as a dam or culvert. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists...

Dozens of silver fish swim over a rocky stream bed.

The National Fish Habitat Partnership is a national investment strategy designed to maximize the impact of conservation dollars on the ground. Funds are leveraged through regional partnerships to address the nation’s biggest fish habitat challenges and projects are identified and completed...

Our Projects and Research

We have four programs:

  • Yakima Basin Program: We focus on monitoring and evaluation, bull trout trapping and hauling at Bureau of Reclamation dams, mussel monitoring, improving instream flows, restoration, protecting existing high-quality habitat, and providing fish access to headwaters.
  • Native Fish Conservation Program: We evaluate and monitor bull trout, Pacific lamprey, and other understudied aquatic species to evaluate the status of populations and assist with conservation efforts. 
  • Hatchery Evaluation Program: We look for ways to optimize the performance and contribution of the fish we raise in our hatcheries.
  • Habitat Restoration Program: We work cooperatively with our partners to enhance and restore aquatic habitats through innovative techniques and best available science for the benefit of our native species in the Mid- and Upper Columbia.