Our Projects

California Hatchery Review Project

Klamath/Trinity and Central Valley areas in California

Chief Joseph Hatchery Program

Nespelem, WA

Cowlitz Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan and Annual Project Review

Cowlitz River, WA

Crystal Springs Fish Hatchery Chinook and Yellow Stone Cutthroat Trout Program

American Falls, ID

Hatchery Scientific Review Group

Puget Sound, WA

Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Project

Bonners Ferry, ID

Kootenai River Native Fish Restoration and Conservation Aquaculture Program

Bonners Ferry, ID

Management Tools and Models Development for Hatchery Reform Efforts

Seattle, WA

Okanagan Locally Adapted Steelhead Program

Nespelem, WA

Snake River/Springfield Sockeye Program

Springfield, ID

Yakama Subbasin Summer/Fall-Run Chinook and Coho Program

Yakima, WA

Implementing Willamette Biological Opinions

Oregon City, OR

Walla Walla Spring Chinook Program

South Fork, Walla Walla River

Upper Columbia Salmon Reintroduction

Upper Columbia Modeling

California Hatchery Review Project

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

In 2009, the U.S. Congress established the Hatchery Review Project in California to follow hatchery reform efforts in the Pacific Northwest.  DJWA headed a facilitation team for the California Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG), an independent group of scientists that wrote a report reviewing all hatcheries, including 19 salmon and steelhead programs, in the Klamath-Trinity and Central Valley regions of California.  DJWA staff members Dr. Lars Mobrand and Andy Appleby assisted in scientific analysis and HSRG facilitation.

Chief Joseph Hatchery Program

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

The Chief Joseph Hatchery is aimed at supplementing Chinook salmon populations in the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers.  DJWA provided planning and support including facilitating an interdisciplinary steering committee that provided input to the Step 1 plan, managed the project budget, and coordinated key issues with BPA and NPCC staff.

Step 2 and 3 of the NPCC 3-Step Planning Process for the Chief Joseph Hatchery involved research, preliminary design, and review under the National Environmental Policy Act.  Program activities coordinated by DJWA included permitting and NEPA and NPCC program compliance.  Approval and funding for construction of the hatchery was received in 2010.  DJWA is currently developing operational and procedural manuals, and developing the on-going monitoring and evaluation and in-season management program for the hatchery.

Cowlitz Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan and Annual Project Review

Tacoma Power

The fisheries management program conducted in the Cowlitz River by Tacoma Power is among the largest in Washington. Two hatcheries owned by Tacoma Power conduct anadromous fish programs. The programs are aimed at supporting the restoration and recovery of natural-origin salmon runs. DJWA developed a revised schedule and process for updating the Cowlitz Hatchery Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan (FHMP) in keeping with FERC licensing requirements. The FHMP was submitted to FERC in late fall 2011.

In 2012, in accordance with the Cowlitz Hatchery Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan, DJWA is assisting Tacoma Power to develop on-going monitoring and evaluation programs. Dr. Lars Mobrand is the lead on this project.

Crystal Springs Fish Hatchery Chinook and Yellow Stone Cutthroat Trout Program

McMillen, LLC; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

DJWA led scientific and technical review for the fisheries sections of the Step 1 Master Plan for production programs for Chinook salmon and Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The plan includes a production hatchery, weirs, and adult fish collection sites and was approved by the ISRP in May 2012. The Step 2 and 3 submittal includes the scientific justification and facility designs.

Hatchery Scientific Review Group

Columbia River Basin-wide and Puget Sound

In 2000, the U.S. Congress established the Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) to ensure that hatchery reform programs in Puget Sound would be based on sound science.  The goal of hatchery reform was to ensure that hatchery programs are managed and operated to 1) help recover and conserve naturally spawning populations and/or 2) support sustainable fisheries.

In 2006, the HSRG turned its attention to the Columbia River Basin.  Every hatchery program within the Basin was reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of scientists working in conjunction with scientists from Native American tribes and federal, state, and local agencies.  The scientists defined the direction that hatchery programs should take and formulated operational guidelines.  Over the three year duration of the project, 178 hatchery programs, involving 351 salmon and steelhead populations, were reviewed and evaluated.  The project required a high level of organization to accomplish all of the goals within the allotted period.  DJWA owner Dan Warren headed the facilitation team for the HSRG.  In addition, DJWA staff members Dr. Lars Mobrand chaired the group and staff member Andy Appleby represented the State of Washington.

Currently the HSRG reviews projects and proposals to continue the efforts of hatchery reform in the Pacific Northwest.  Their most recent review was of Elwha Hatchery programs.  DJWA staff member Andy Appleby currently co-chairs the Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) and Dr. Lars Mobrand remains an HSRG member.  HSRG principles are being implemented across the basin in new hatchery programs, state laws, mitigation activities, and fisheries management.

Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Project

Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Master Plan, being managed and implemented by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, presents a framework for an ecosystem-based river habitat restoration project for the Idaho portion of the Kootenai River Basin. The Master Plan is the first planning phase of a multi-phase project and sets the stage for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and its partners to identify, prioritize, design, and implement meaningful habitat restoration actions. DJWA provides coordination of scheduling, budgeting, contracting strategies and independent reviews.

Visit the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program website

Kootenai River Native Fish Restoration and Conservation Aquaculture Program

Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

The Kootenai River Native Fish Restoration and Conservation Aquaculture Program involves expansion of an existing hatchery and development of a new facility for sturgeon and burbot aquaculture. The Kootenai Sturgeon Hatchery is part of a cooperative sturgeon conservation and recovery program implemented and coordinated through a white sturgeon recovery team. The Kootenai Tribe is managing and implementing the hatchery program, and DJWA provides project management and planning support to the Kootenai Tribe for completion of the proposed hatchery expansion.  Project construction began in 2013.

Visit the Kootenai River Restoration website

Management Tools and Models Development for Hatchery Reform Efforts

State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office

DJWA developed strategies and models to help the Washington Department of Fish and Game manage fish hatcheries and weirs. These tools more accurately analyze fish populations and catch data, and improve how Washington fisheries are managed. Decisions made using DJWA’s models apply to better watershed management on a whole.

Okanagan Locally Adapted Steelhead Program

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Steelhead in the Okanogan River and key tributaries are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. In order to raise and release compatible steelhead stocks, a new hatchery needs to be built. The plan focuses on development of viable summer steelhead runs in three tributaries of the Okanogan River. It also evaluates receiving habitats and contribution of Canadian steelhead stocks to Upper Columbia steelhead stocks. DJWA acts as project manager for development of the Step 1 Master Plan.

Snake River/Springfield Sockeye Program

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

DJWA developed a Step 1 Master Plan and Step 2 and 3 preliminary and final design plans for a sockeye salmon smolt production facility. The Master Plan included the scientific basis for implementation of the program based on M&E results, a draft HGMP and an M&E plan. The plan was approved by the Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISRP) and NPCC in February 2011; construction started in 2012 and the hatchery officially began operations in 2013.

Yakama Subbasin Summer/Fall-Run Chinook and Coho Program

McMillen, LLC, Yakama Nation

DJWA co-developed a Step 1 Master Plan for production programs for Summer- and Fall-Run Chinook and Coho salmon. The plan includes a production hatchery, weirs, and adult fish collection sites, and met all NPCC and BPA requirements.

Implementing Willamette Biological Opinions

Bonneville Power Administration and The Louis Berger Group, Inc.

The Willamette Project consists of 13 multi-purpose dams, fiver fish hatcheries and approximately 42 miles of revetments in western Oregon’s Willamette River Basin. DJWA assists in the analysis and formulation of biological metrics, participates in updates to Dexter and Foster Hatcheries, and produces analytical reports, plans and documents as requested.

Cedar Sockeye Hatchery Technical Work Group Member Services

Seattle Public Utilities

Iron Gate Hatchery Fish Production Continuity Study

PacifiCorp and CH2M Hill

Klamath Secretarial Document Review Project

PacifiCorp and CH2M Hill

Mud Mountain Dam Fish Passage Project/White River Fish Count Evaluation Project

McMillen, LLC

Hatchery and Genetic Management Plan for Iron Gate Coho Salmon Program

PacifiCorp and ICF Jones & Stokes

Round Butte Hatchery Five Year Review of Operational Goals

Portland General Electric

Soldier Wellness Assessment Pilot Program

Department of the Army, United States of America

CCT Accord Planning and Development Memorandum of Agreement

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

IDFG Hatchery and Genetic Management Plan

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Tryon Creek Hwy. 34 Culvert Alternatives Analysis

City of Lake Oswego & Henderson Land Services, LLC

Training Workshops for All H Analyzer (AHA) for Lower Columbia, Gorge, and Snake River

US Fish and Wildlife Service

NOAA Hatchery Reform and Mitchell Act EIS (including Columbia River Hatchery Scientific Review Group)

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission & Bonneville Power Administration

Klickitat River Anadromous Fisheries Master Plan and EIS

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

Lyle Falls Fish Passage Improvements

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

The All “H” Analyzer Model (AHA)

NPCC & State of Washington

Nisqually Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment Analysis

Nisqually Indian Tribe

Development of an Analytical Framework for Watershed Planning

City of Portland

Ecosystem Diagnostic Treatment Method Application, Cowlitz Hydroelectric Project

City of Tacoma, Tacoma Power

Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans

Bonneville Power Administration & NOAA

Hatchery Natural Production Simulation Model

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

State of Washington HGMP Development

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Conservation and Sustainable Fishery Plan

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Priest Rapids Fall Chinook Management Plan

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Wenatchee Spring Chinook Management Plan

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

State of Washington Hatchery Action Implementation Plans

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

WDFW Statewide Steelhead Management Plan

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Lewis River FERC Relicensing

PacifiCorp

Klamath River Relicensing

PacifiCorp

Review of Mid Columbia Coho Draft Step 1 Master Plan

Yakama Nation & Bonneville Power Administration

Bull Trout Expert Panel

BioAnalysts, Inc.

Lookout Fish Passage Analysis

BioAnalysts, Inc.

Columbia River Pile Dike Evaluation

BioAnalysts, Inc.

Puget Sound Hatchery EIS & EDT Analysis

Northwest Indian Fish Commission & NOAA

Recovery and Subbasin Planning Lower Columbia River Fish Recovery Board

The JD White Company

Salmon Recovery Plan for the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board

Parametrix

Cowlitz River Project Relicensing & Implementation – FHMP

City of Tacoma / Tacoma Power

Bull Run HCP/EIS

CH2M Hill & City of Portland Water Bureau

Columbia River Multi-Species Framework Project

NPCC

Columbia River Subbasin Planning – Regional Technical Support

NPCC??

Columbia River Surface Collector Program

Corps of Engineers, Portland District

Lower Snake River Feasibility Study

Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District

Connecticut River Fishery Evaluation

Northern Utilities Service Company

Cowlitz Falls Project

Bonneville Power Administration

Snake River Reservoir Drawdown

NPCC

Clear and Leavenworth Creeks Projects

Public Service

Beaver Falls Project

Ketchikan PUD

Fanno Creek Fisheries Evaluation

City of Portland

Snake River Simulation Model

Idaho Power

Hankin and Reeves Stream Habitat Mapping

United States Forest Service

Development of Salmonid Recovery Plans for the White, Puyallup, Chambers-Clover and Hylebos Watersheds

Pierce County, WA

Regional Assessment of Supplementation Project

Battelle Pacific NW Laboratories and Bonneville Power Administration

Technical Planning Support for Grande Ronde Model Watershed Basin

Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program and Bonneville Power Administration

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation

Main Bay Hatchery

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation

Gulkana Hatchery

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation

Cannery Creek Hatchery

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation

Artificial Production Review and Evaluation

NPCC

Cedar River Sockeye Hatchery Value Engineering Study

City of Seattle

Artificial Production and Subbasin Planning Integration

Bonneville Power Administration & NPCC

Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority Business Practices Committee

Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority

Upper Green River Fish Restoration Facility

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Statewide Consolidation Study for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Fish Culture Facility

LEKT, WDFW

Aquaculture Feasibility Study for the Klamath Tribes

Klamath Tribes, Fish Pro, Inc.

Cushman Hydroelectric Project

Meridian Environmental, Inc. & City of Tacoma, Tacoma Power

Walla Walla Spring Chinook Program

McMillen, LLC and Bonneville Power Administration

DJWA led an effort to revise a Step 1 Master Plan for a spring Chinook hatchery program in the South Fork of the Walla Walla River.  The purpose of the proposed program is to contribute to the harvest and natural spawning for spring Chinook in the near term, and to do so in a manner that is consistent with the long-term goal to reestablish a self-sustaining naturally spawning population.Work focused on revisions of and updates to the scientific framework for the program to obtain Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISRP) approval. DJWA also revised and supported the Umatilla Tribe in re-submittingthe Master Plan to answer review questions previously posed by the ISRP.  The revised Step 1 Master Plan was approved by the ISRP in October 2013.

Upper Columbia Salmon Reintroduction

Upper Columbia United Tribes

We are developing salmonid life cycle models to evaluate alternative reintroduction strategies for salmon and steelhead in the upper Columbia River Basin above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams. The models evaluate potential outcomes in terms of escapement and harvest under different reintroduction scenarios and explore the sensitivity of model outputs to assumptions about the 4 H’s (hydro, habitat, harvest, and hatcheries). Specifically, the models will be used to examine the factors most likely to affect the success of the reintroduction efforts (e.g., fish passage survival, adult and juvenile habitat productivity and capacity, harvest rates, etc.).

Smelt Sands Sand Dollar Project

Oregon Sand Dollar Banking Consortium

Holy Dollar

The Oregon Sand Dollar has been frequently devalued, so much so that few are found at more than two bits.

Clients and Affiliates

DJWA has worked for a variety of clients on numerous projects involving planning, review, development and evaluation of salmonid hatchery programs, evaluation of impacts from natural stocks and other fisheries projects, stream restoration, environmental assessments and impact statements, and managing independent scientific reviews. We have extensive experience and affiliations with most major stakeholders in the Northwest and California including utilities, agencies and tribes.

  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • CH2M Hill
  • City of Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • City of Portland, Oregon Water Bureau
  • City of Seattle, Washington
  • City of Tacoma, Washington
  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
  • Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
  • Cramer Fish Sciences
  • Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program
  • Henderson Environmental Design-Build Professionals
  • ICF Jones & Stokes
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Klamath Tribes
  • Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
  • Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • McMillen, LLC
  • Meridian Environmental, Inc.
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • PacifiCorp
  • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Parametrix
  • Pierce County, Washington
  • Portland General Electric
  • Recreation and Conservation Office, State of Washington
  • River Design Group
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • Shoshone–Bannock Tribes
  • Tacoma Power
  • The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife