About Us

We live for the Columbia River

The Estuary Partnership was founded in 1995, and 2020 is our 25th year of protecting and advocating for the lower Columbia River. 

We restore habitat for keystone species like salmon and steelhead. We monitor ecosystem conditions and share our scientific findings. We seek methods to mitigate for changing climate conditions.

We educate the upcoming generation about outdoor science and offer opportunities for community members to make a difference in their watershed. And we work in partnership with hundreds of organizations, companies, agencies, and individuals, because together our impact is so much greater.

More about us

  • Our Area

    The Estuary Partnership focuses on the lower 146 miles of the Columbia River. This tidally-influenced area stretches from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean and includes 28 cities and portions of nine counties.

  • Our Mission

    Our mission is to improve the lower Columbia River by protecting and restoring ecosystems and enhancing water quality for current and future generations of fish, wildlife, and people.

  • National Estuary Program

    The National Estuary Program ensures our critical coastal waterways are healthy and support the communities around them. National Estuary Programs are local people working together to restore the water quality and ecological integrity of the 28 estuaries of national significance across the United States, including the lower Columbia River. 

    Created by Congress in 1987, the National Estuary Program provides seed money to local communities, who leverage those resources to improve habitat, find solutions to difficult ecological issues, support our coastal economies, and engage community members to care for their waterways.


Water Trails

Discover your local waterways by nonmotorized boat!

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One of our Earth Day Oregon partners, Biohabitats is an ecological planning, engineering and design firm with offices across the United States. Their ecological restoration applies sound science, community input, adaptive management, and a whole lot of passion to restore damaged ecosystems. Their mission is to restore the earth and inspire ecological stewardship. Among their many projects, Biohabitats has been involved in the Steigerwald Reconnection Project as one of our restoration contractors. 

Thank you, Biohabitats, for being a champion for ecological restoration and the Columbia River!