Return to the River

Return to the River

Restoring Salmon Back to the Columbia River

1st Edition - October 28, 2005

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  • Editor: Richard Williams
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454306
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884148

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Return to the River will describe a new ecosystem-based approach to the restoration of salmon and steelhead populations in the Columbia River, once one of the most productive river basins for anadromous salmonids on the west coast of North America. The approach of this work has broad applicability to all recovery efforts throughout the northern hemisphere and general applicability to fisheries and aquatic restoration efforts throughout the world. The Pacific Northwest is now embroiled in a major public policy debate over the management and restoration of Pacific salmon. The outcome of the debate has the potential to affect major segments of the region's economy - river transportation, hydroelectric production, irrigated agriculture, urban growth, commercial and sport fisheries, etc. This debate, centered as it is on the salmon in all the rivers, has created a huge demand for information. The book will be a powerful addition to that debate.

Key Features

  • A 15 year collaboration by a diverse group of scientists working on the management and recovery of salmon, steelhead trout, and wildlife populations in the Pacific Northwest
  • Includes over 200 figures, with four-color throughout the book
  • Discusses complex issues such as habitat degradation, juvenile survival through the hydrosystem, the role of artificial production, and harvest reform


Fisheries managers & biologists, natural resource administrators, and river ecologists

Table of Contents

  • Part I: A New Conceptual Foundation

    Chapter 1. The Problem of the Columbia River Salmon
    Contributors: Willis E. McConnaha, Richard N. Williams and James A. Lichatowich

    Chapter 2. The Conceptual Foundation
    Contributors: James A. Lichatowich, Willis E. McConnaha, William J. Liss, Jack A. Stanford, and Richard N. Williams

    Chapter 3. A Foundation for Restoration
    Contributors: William J. Liss, Jack A. Stanford, James A. Lichatowich, Richard N. Williams, Charles C. Coutant, Phillip R. Mundy, and Richard R. Whitney
    Part II: The Salmon Ecosystem and Its Management

    Chapter 4. The Diversity, Structure and Status of Populations
    Contributors: Richard N. Williams, James A. Lichatowich, and Madison A. Powell

    Chapter 5. The Status of Habitats
    Contributors: Jack A. Stanford, Christopher A. Frissell and Charles C. Coutant

    Chapter 6. Hydroelectric Systems and Migration
    Contributors: Charles C. Coutant and Richard R. Whitney

    Chapter 7. Sources of Mortality and Effectiveness of Mitigation
    Contributors: Richard R. Whitney, Charles C. Coutant, and Phillip R. Mundy

    Chapter 8. Artificial Production and the Effects of Fish Culture on Native Salmonids
    Contributors: James A. Lichatowich, Madison A. Powell, and Richard N. Williams

    Chapter 9. Harvest Management
    Contributors: Phillip R. Mundy

    Chapter 10. The Estuary, Plume, and Marine Environments
    Contributors: Daniel L. Bottom, James A. Lichatowich, and Brian E. Riddell
    Part III: A New Vision for Restoration

    Chapter 11. Monitoring and Evaluation
    Contributors: Lyman MacDonald, Charles C. Coutant, Lyle D. Calvin, and Richard N. Williams

    Chapter 12. The Federal Approach to Salmon Recovery at the Millennium
    Contributors: Peter A. Bisson, James A. Lichatowich, William J. Liss, Daniel Goodman, Charles C. Coutant, Lyman McDonald, Dennis Lettenmeier, Eric J. Loudenslager, and Richard N. Williams

    Chapter 13. Conclusions and Strategies for Salmon Restoration in the Columbia River Basin
    Contributors: Richard N. Williams, Jack A. Stanford, James A. Lichatowich, William J. Liss, Charles C. Coutant, Willis E. McConnaha, Richard R. Whitney, Phillip R. Mundy, Peter A. Bisson, and Madison A. Powell.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 720
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: October 28, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454306
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884148

About the Editor

Richard Williams

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Idaho, Center for Salmonids and Freshwater Species at Risk, Hagerman, Idaho, U.S.A.

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