Watershed Program scientists investigate the ecology of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems to assist with the management and recovery of salmon and other NOAA trust resources. We provide technical support to NOAA Fisheries policy makers and regulatory staff, and collaborate with other agencies, tribes, and educational institutions on research and outreach related to the management of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.).
The Watershed Program has two teams that focus on our primary research. The Ecosystems Processes Team works to quantify the effects of natural or human disturbances on watersheds, habitat conditions, and biota. The Restoration Effectiveness Team conducts studies to evaluate the effectiveness of various habitat and watershed restoration techniques or strategies.
Our research is designed to assist with recovery planning for Pacific salmon and steelhead listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.