Science & Research

Steelhead at Steamboat
Steelhead in Big Bend Pool on the North Umpqua, OR

Here at the Pacific Rivers Council, we realize that you can't achieve watershed protection without providing sound science as a basis for land management plans. We have become known by our colleagues as a "science shop" because of the sophisticated research we provide. Thanks to our distinguished science staff, we are able to produce the most recent and cutting-edge analyses about the effects of land management on entire watersheds.

 Freshwater ecosystems - the biologically complex rivers, lakes and wetlands that sustain our lives, as well as the lives of thousands of aquatic species - are in a state of emergency. The ongoing devastation of freshwater ecosystems has gone generally unnoticed, compared to that of other ecosystems such as oceans and rainforests. They need our help, and fast. It is these free-flowing river systems that have suffered the fastest decline of any ecosystem in the world in the most recent decades.

 For the past 20 years, the Pacific Rivers Council has worked to bring attention to this decline and also help implement solutions to reverse it. Click Here to read some past publications by PRC's expert staff. If you can't find what you are looking for, please feel free to Contact Us and we will be happy to assist you.

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