Sandy River Basin watershed council

Climate Change Challenge: direct effects on species

Grant Award: $228,835; Year Awarded: 2016

Originating in glaciers on Mt. Hood, the Sandy is the Lower Columbia’s only undammed, unregulated, free flowing major tributary, and the only one supporting four self sustaining wild salmon and steelhead populations, pacific eulachon (smelt) and a wide range of native terrestrial, avian and amphibian diversity - 30 that are state or federally rare, threatened or endangered. Through the diversification of floodplain forest habitats and protection of cold water refugia, the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council will strengthen the climate change resiliency of this iconic Lower Columbia basin watershed that is an important, biodiverse habitat.