Our Management Plan


2011 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Update

In 2011, the Estuary Partnership updated the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan with a new set of streamlined actions. The actions detail the work necessary to protect and restore the lower Columbia River. The new suite of streamlined actions are listed below. For the complete Plan and full details on each action check out:

Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan 2011 Update

2011 Updated Actions
Shared Actions
Habitat Restoration
  • ACTION 1:  Inventory habitat types and attributes in the lower Columbia River and estuary and prioritize those that need protection and conservation; identify habitats and environmentally sensitive lands that should not be altered.
  • ACTION 2: Protect, conserve, and enhance priority habitats, particularly wetlands, on the mainstem of the lower Columbia River and in the estuary.
  • ACTION 3:  Monitor status and trends of ecosystem conditions.
  • ACTION 4:  Establish and maintain Columbia River flows to meet ecological needs of the lower Columbia River and estuary.
  • ACTION 5:  Avoid the introduction of non-native invasive species.
  • ACTION 6:  Manage human-caused changes in the river morphology and sediment distribution within the Columbia River channel and estuary to protect native and desired species.
Land Use Practices
  • ACTION 7:  Develop floodplain management and shoreland protection programs.
  • ACTION 8:  Reduce and improve the water quality of stormwater runoff and other non-point source pollution.
  • ACTION 9:  Ensure that development is ecologically sensitive and reduces carbon emissions. 
Water Quality and Contaminant Reduction
  • ACTION 10:  Expand and sustain regional monitoring of toxic and conventional pollutants.
  • ACTION 11:  Reduce conventional pollutants.
  • ACTION 12:  Cleanup, reduce or eliminate toxic contaminants, particularly contaminants of regional concern.
Estuary Partnership Actions
Education and Stewardship
  • ACTION 13: Provide information about the lower Columbia River and estuary that focuses on water quality, endangered species, habitat loss and restoration, biological diversity, and climate change to a range of users.  
  • ACTION 14:  Create and implement education and volunteer opportunities for citizens of all ages to engage in activities that promote stewardship of the lower Columbia River and estuary.
  • ACTION 15:  Identify and improve public access to the river.
Regional Coordination and Synchronicity
  • ACTION 16:  Facilitate and assist federal, tribal, state and local governments’ protection of the lower Columbia River and estuary.   
  • ACTION 17:  Create and maintain a regional entity (Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership) to advocate for the lower Columbia River and estuary and unify and coordinate Management Plan implementation.

1999 Management Plan

Althought the Estuary Partnership updated it's Managment Plan in 2011, the update was specifically focused on refining and streamlining the Plan's actions. As such, the two plans work in tandem, with the 1999 Plan providing important background and context, and details on the Program's priority issues and goals. The information and links below, provide access to the 1999 Management Plan.
The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Lower Columbia River serves as the strategic plan for the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership. It guides all program activities and annual work tasks for the Partnership. Developing and implementing a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (Management Plan) is the primary task of a National Estuary Program.

1999 Management Plan: Priority Issues
1999 Management Plan: Actions
1999 Management Plan: Complete Plan

The Management Plan embodies the efforts of many committed citizens who represent environmental groups, local governments, state and federal agencies, ports, tribal governments, industry, labor, agriculture, recreational users, commercial fishing, the regional Northwest Power Planning Council, and citizens-at-large. In keeping with the National Estuary Program emphasis on a collaborative local decision-making process, extensive public outreach and involvement opportunities were used during the Plan’s development.