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FY 2016 Program Highlights


For 40 years, the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan has ensured harvest of Idaho salmon and steelhead can continue
Aerial view of Hagerman National Fish Hatchery

In 1976 Jimmy Carter was elected President, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the Apple Computer Company, a movie about a boxer named 'Rocky' premiered, and Congress authorized a program that for forty years now has shaped Idaho salmon and steelhead sport and tribal harvests.

The Lower Snake River Compensation Plan (LSRCP) Program, was designed to replace lost adult salmon & steelhead resulting from the construction and operation of four hydroelectric dams and locks on the Lower Snake River in Washington. The also ended years of political uncertainty over production goals and funding sources to help mitigate for the impacts of Ice Harbor, Lower Monument, Little Goose, and Lower Granite Locks and Dams.

Since then the Service-administered network of federal, state, and tribal fish hatcheries, spawning and acclimation facilities, fish health labs, and monitoring projects has ensured that each year 55,000 adult steelhead, nearly 59,000 adult spring or summer Chinook salmon, and over 18,000 adult fall Chinook return to the Snake River Basin every year for harvest. Over 86,000 pounds of LSRCP rainbow trout are also stocked in Idaho waterbodies to mitigate for lost angler days.

Salmon and Steelhead DaysA map of facilities that are part of the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan. USFWS

The LSRCP Program embodies collaboration between federal, state, and tribal agencies. The Bonneville Power Administration provides funding for the LSRCP to operate, and the overall program is administered by the Service, which also operates two National Fish Hatcheries that raise fish to help meet LSRCP production goals. The States of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington also all own and manage state hatcheries and run monitoring programs in support of the Program. The Nez Perce and Shoshone Bannock Tribes play an instrumental role in managing several LSRCP-funded tribal hatcheries and satellite facilities, as well as conduct creel and field studies to ensure LSRCP program goals are met. The Pacific Marine Fisheries Commission also assists the Service and other LSRCP parties with data and program management support.

In 2016, the LSRP Program also celebrated another milestone: tthe 20th anniversary of Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days. Salmon and Steelhead Days is an annual, multi-day Boise-based education event that connects 3,000 area fifth-graders, parent, and teachers to nature. The event takes place every September to coincide with the return of Idaho's fall Chinook and sockeye salmon. Not only does Salmon and Steelhead Days give participants a fish-eye view into salmon biology and fisheries management, for two decades its helped Idahoans better appreciate the ecological, economic, and cultural value of the fish to the Gem State.

Salmon and Steelhead DaysIdaho Salomon and Steelhead Days. Credit: USFWS

Read the LSRCP Fact Sheet.

Lower Snake River Compensation Plan

Years in Place
What the Plan Does
The compensation plan was designed to replace lost salmon & steelhead due to the construction and operation of four hydroelectric dams on the Lower Snake River in Washington.
The Annual Return Numbers

55,000 steelhead

59,000 spring or summer Chinook salmon

18,000 fall Chinook salmon

Over 86,000 pounds of rainbow trout stocked in Idaho waterbodies

Last Updated: April 12, 2017
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