CORVALLIS - The Oregon Water Resources Research Institute at Oregon State University will present a 10-part seminar series this fall on successes and failures in Pacific Northwest salmon recovery plans, featuring leading scientists, agency administrators and other experts.

Titled "Learning from Failure: The Columbia River Salmon Restoration," each program will be held on a Monday from 4-5 p.m. in Room 102 of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building on the OSU campus. A reception for speakers will precede each lecture and begin at 3 p.m.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Sept. 29: Jonathan Brinckman, natural resources reporter for the The Oregonian newspaper, "Investigative Journalism of the Salmon Restoration Program for the Columbia Basin."


  • Oct. 6: David Bella, professor of environmental engineering at OSU, "Cumulative Impacts and their Resistance to Restoration."


  • Oct. 13: Boone Kaufmann, associate professor of fisheries and wildlife at OSU, "Review of the Success of Salmon Restoration Activities."


  • Oct. 20: speaker and topic to be announced.


  • Oct. 27: Ken Bierly, governor's Watershed Enhancement Board, "Establishing Priorities and Seeking Success for Water Quality and Salmon Restoration - The GWEB Approach."


  • Nov. 3: Joyce Cohen, Oregon council member of the Northwest Power Planning Council, "A review of NPPC Salmon Restoration Program."


  • Nov. 10: Paul Engelmeyer, manager of Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary, "Reflections on Salmon Restoration Strategies."


  • Nov. 17: Bob Lohn, manager of fish and wildlife for the Bonneville Power Administration, "Restoration of Salmon in the Columbia Basin - a BPA Perspective."


  • Nov. 24: Emery Castle, professor of agricultural and resource economics at OSU, "Where Did the $3 Billion Go? Cost Effectiveness of NPPC's Salmon Restoration Program."


  • Dec. 1: David Geiger, salmon coordination office of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, "Restoration of Salmon in the Columbia Basin - Meeting the Biological Goals."

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Water Resources Research Institute, 541-737-4022