The Upper Columbia United Tribes have been working on reintroducing salmon into the blocked areas of the Upper Columbia River Basin, upstream of Chief Joseph, Grand Coulee, and Spokane River dams. This video highlights progress made to date, and the importance of returning salmon to the people and watersheds of the Upper Columbia region.

Salmon Reintroduction - Phase 2

When the Grand Coulee Dam and later the Chief Joseph Dam were built on the Columbia River, they blocked salmon from thousands of miles of Upper Columbia Basin habitat. This action decimated salmon populations. Indigenous people of the Upper Columbia no longer had access to salmon in their ancestral waters. Salmon are sacred to the native peoples of the Northwest. The loss of salmon changed the way we live, impacting our religion, lifestyle, culture, economy, and health. In 2019, members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation released salmon above Chief Joseph Dam and, a few days later, above Grand Coulee. It was the first time in more than 80 years that salmon were able to spawn above Grand Coulee Dam.


United by Water

The Value of Natural Capital in the Columbia River Basin

Answering the Call: UCUT Canoes Arrive at Standing Rock

Climate Change Workshop

Protecting Lake Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene Tribe Forest Carnivore Survey

UCUT Video Gallery

Canoe Journey and Gathering at Kettle Falls

Fish Reintroduction into the U.S. And Canadian Upper Columbia River

Upper Columbia River Basin Fish Passage and Reintroduction Project – Phase 1

Treaty Talks: A Journey up the Columbia River for People and Salmon

Columbia River Listed among Most Endangered Rivers of 2015

20 Year Report

United for the Benefit of All

Grand Coulee and the Forgotten Tribe

UCUT and Bonneville Power Administration Partnership

Tribal Salmon Management, Harvesting and Sharing

Forests and Fish Report

Drumheller Springs Natural Park

Pow Wow and Community Outreach


3 years ago

"A 2017 study by environmental consultancy Earth Economics estimated improved management of the Columbia River could produce economic gains of $1.5 billion annually."

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3 years ago

"The Willamette River, a major tributary of the Columbia River that flows between Portland and Eugene, Oregon, is cited in this year's list for outdated dam operations that pose threats to water quality and the river’s imperiled salmon and steelhead runs."

The river advocacy group American Rivers has been rating U.S. rivers since 1984. Here's its selections for 2019.