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.