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Columbia Basin Collaborative

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose captures the vision for the Columbia Basin Collaborative.

“The framework will be developed cooperatively and collaboratively. The sovereigns (federal entities, states, and tribes) will engage and involve regional stakeholders in meaningful ways throughout this collaborative effort and strive for consensus agreement on proposals that collectively advance the quantitative and qualitative goals for salmon and steelhead developed by the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force. The objective is to seek consensus agreement on action oriented proposals, and promote them to the appropriate federal, state, tribal, and other decision-makers for authorization, funding and implementation.”

Four State Agreement

The states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana signed an agreement in October 2020 to work together and with others in the region, including federal partners, co-manager tribes, and interested stakeholders, to define a future collaborative framework to rebuild salmon and steelhead stocks and advance the goals of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force (CBPTF).

Columbia Basin Collaborative Process

Process Diagram
The process diagram shows the overall process structure proposed for the Columbia Basin Collaborative.

Topic Specific Work Groups and Science Integration Work Group

Overview

The Topic Specific Work Groups and the Science Integration Work Group include regional experts, sector leaders, and advisors who provide scientific, technical, and other analysis per assignment from the Integration/Recommendations Group. The working groups develop recommendations for actions to help achieve goals in consideration of social, cultural, economic, and ecological issues. These groups strive for consensus on recommendations to the Integration / Recommendations Group. 

Topics

Topic Specific Work Groups have been formed for the following topics:

  • Estuary & Tributary habitat
  • Harvest & Hatchery
  • Hydropower/Blocked Areas
  • Predation

The Science Integration Work Group is looking at impacts from all threat categories at a DPS/ESU level analysis.

Membership criteria

  • Are committed to consider biological criteria and analyze actions that will increase salmon and steelhead abundance in the Columbia River Basin while also balancing cultural, social, economic, and ecological considerations.
  • Have demonstrated willingness and ability to work with, hear, and respect other stakeholders to find collaborative solutions and reach consensus.
  • Knowledge and recognized expertise in the topic of the working group.
  • Together represent the geographic diversity of the Columbia Basin.

The Columbia Basin Collaborative (CBC) Work Groups will meet:

  • Hydropower/Blocked Areas: Thursday, December 1 from 9am-12pm PT
  • Science Integration: Monday, December 5 from 9-11 am PT
  • Predation: Tuesday, December 6 from 2-4 pm PT
  • Harvest & Hatchery: Friday, December 9 from 9 am- 12 pm PT
  • Habitat: Wednesday, December 12 from 9-11 am PT

Work group meetings are open to observers. If you are interested in attending a work group meeting, contact the following coordinators:

Regular updates will be provided in relevant meetings folders on the upcoming Workgroup page.

Biological Sub-Group 

The Biological Sub-group was a subset of the Integration/Recommendations Group who were tasked with looking at the foundational scientific information for the Work Groups. The group met twice and provided scientific and logistic input for organizing the work groups.

Meeting 1: April 28, 2022

Meeting 2: June 2, 2022

Columbia Basin Collaborative Organizational Workshop Part 2

Thank you to those who participated at the June 10th, 2021 Columbia Basin Collaborative Organizational Workshop Part 2 held via Zoom Webinar from 12:00pm – 3:00pm PT/ 1:00pm – 4:00pm MT.

Representatives from the four states have considered the input offered at the February 24th, 2021 CBC Workshop Part 1 and have developed a collaborative framework and approach for moving forward. At the June 10th CBC Workshop, the representatives shared information regarding:

  • The CBC process structure including a high-level process diagram and proposed charter
  • Topics to address and seating the various groups and teams
  • Next steps including workflow, timing, and funding

The four state representatives appreciated hearing your input and feedback at the CBC workshop along with learning about how you would like to engage in the process.

Agenda, Materials, and Webinar Meeting Information
YouTube Livestream

To view a recording of the Workshop, please visit this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbHH6aQeOSs


Columbia Basin Collaborative Organizational Workshop Part 1

Thank you to those who participated at the February 24 2021 Columbia Basin Collaborative Organizational Workshop held via Zoom Webinar from 9:00am – 12:00pm PT/ 10:00am – 1:00pm MT.

Over recent months, representatives from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana have worked with a number of regional partners to develop a proposed purpose, approach, and process design for a Columbia Basin Collaborative. At the CBC Organizational Workshop, the representatives from the four states presented this information and heard participants’ diverse range of perspectives on a variety of topics including:

  • High level presentation of the Statement of Purpose
  • Proposed process approach including potential issues to address, proposed participation, and anticipated work flow
  • Opportunity for input and feedback to the CBC process design efforts
Agenda, Materials, and Webinar Meeting Information
YouTube Livestream

To view a recording of the Workshop, please visit this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/EHWfXyLhiYk.

Integration/Recommendation Group

Integration/Recommendation Group and Topic-specific Work Groups Participation
This document provides an overview of ways the states, tribes, federal agencies, and stakeholders can participate in the Columbia Basin Collaborative’s Integration/Recommendations Group and Topic-specific Work Groups. It also details the membership criteria and selection process for each group. We hope this is helpful as you consider putting forward nominations.

Participant List
We are pleased to share that the Four State Representatives have convened the Integration/Recommendations Group, and the roster can be found here.

On behalf of the four state representatives, thank you to everyone who expressed interest in this collaborative effort. We encourage everyone to stay involved by viewing the I/RG meetings and materials and caucusing with your sector and its representatives to provide your feedback. Once convened, the I/RG will discuss and determine which working groups are needed, put out a call for membership and finalize the membership of the working groups. The specific ways for providing input will be further developed, as well.

Integration/Recommendation Group June Meeting

The Columbia Basin Collaborative (CBC) Integration/Recommendation Group (I/RG) held its second quarter meeting on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 8:00am-12:30pm PT/9:00am-1:30pm MT via Zoom webinar. This meeting was intended for members of the I/RG and was open to the public in “listen-only” mode.

Agenda, Materials, and Webinar Meeting Information

For any specific questions regarding the goals and objectives of the CBC please contact: Mike Edmondson (mike.edmondson@osc.idaho.gov) (Idaho), Guy Norman (gnorman@nwcouncil.org) (Washington), Jim McKenna (jim.j.mckenna@oregon.gov) (Oregon), or Mike Milburn (mmilburn@nwcouncil.org) (Montana). For any questions on process or logistics please email Liz Mack (Lmack@kearnswest.com) and Samantha Meysohn (smeysohn@kearnswest.com).


Integration/Recommendation Group March Meeting

The Columbia Basin Collaborative (CBC) Integration/Recommendation Group (I/RG) held its first quarter meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 8:30am-12:00pm PT/9:30am-1:00pm MT via Zoom webinar. This meeting was intended for members of the I/RG and was open to the public in “listen-only” mode.

Agenda, Materials, and Webinar Meeting Information

For any specific questions regarding the goals and objectives of the CBC please contact: Mike Edmondson (mike.edmondson@osc.idaho.gov) (Idaho), Guy Norman (gnorman@nwcouncil.org) (Washington), Jim McKenna (jim.j.mckenna@oregon.gov) (Oregon), or Mike Milburn (mmilburn@nwcouncil.org) (Montana). For any questions on process or logistics please email Liz Mack (Lmack@kearnswest.com) and Samantha Meysohn (smeysohn@kearnswest.com).


Integration/Recommendation Group Kick-off

The Columbia Basin Collaborative (CBC) Integration/Recommendation Group (I/RG) held its first meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 9am – 2:30pm PT/ 10am – 3:30pm MT via Zoom webinar. This meeting was intended for members of the I/RG and was open to the public, with an opportunity for public comment, feedback, or input. Below please find the meeting materials:

Agenda, Materials, and Webinar Meeting Information

Upcoming Integration/Recommendation Group Meeting

The Columbia Basin Collaborative (CBC) Integration/Recommendation Group (I/RG) will hold its third quarter meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 12:30pm-5:00pm PT/1:30pm-6:00pm MT via Zoom webinar. This hybrid meeting is intended for members of the I/RG and is open to the public. The public is invited to attend via webinar in “listen-only” mode and there will not be an opportunity to offer public comment, feedback, or input during the meeting. If you’d like to share input on the process, please reach out to the I/RG member who represents your sector. Please note that registration is required. Register here:
https://kearnswest.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zDX_vTq8SoCbT3znbXmrMw

Agenda, Materials, and Webinar Meeting Information

For any specific questions regarding the goals and objectives of the CBC please contact: Mike Edmondson (mike.edmondson@osc.idaho.gov) (Idaho), Guy Norman (gnorman@nwcouncil.org) (Washington), Jim McKenna (jim.j.mckenna@oregon.gov) (Oregon), or Mike Milburn (mmilburn@nwcouncil.org) (Montana). For any questions on process or logistics please email Liz Mack (Lmack@kearnswest.com) and Samantha Meysohn (smeysohn@kearnswest.com).


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