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.) and other anadromous fishes.
The Watershed Program focuses on two primary research areas: Ecosystem Processes and Restoration. Our Ecosystem Processes research focuses on understanding cause-effect linkages between landscape processes, habitats, and biota, with an emphasis on priority issues for NOAA regulatory staff. Our Restoration research primarily focuses on improving restoration practices to help accelerate recovery of Pacific salmon and steelhead listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Our research is designed to assist with recovery planning for Pacific salmon and steelhead listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.