The Columbia River, extending from central British Columbia to Washington and Oregon, serves an abundance of purposes, both economic and ecological. The river provides passage for the export and import of resources to the communities that adjoin the waterway. It also provides a fishing industry upon which a variety of communities, both indigenous and non-indigenous, rely for income and sustenance. A collection of dams harness the river's power to produce hydroelectricity for neighboring populations. The Columbia River also provides a complex ecosystem that is home to- in addition to humans- a plethora of plant, animal, bird, fish species, all of which are entirely interdependent on the others for perpetual sustainability.
CREST planners offer review and technical support for environmental planning efforts in communities that adjoin the Lower Columbia River, as well as expertise in GIS mapping. CREST biologists conduct research and monitoring of the tidal Columbia River ecosystem and north Oregon coast. CREST project managers initiates and implement restoration projects that reconstruct traditional floodplain habitats for the fish and wildlife in the estuary, including threatened and endangered species of salmon. Throughout all its programs, CREST employs established and tested methodologies in planning, research and project management.
CREST's overall approach encompasses the 'big picture'. Their restoration planning and projects span the entire tidal zone, from the river mouth to Bonneville Dam 146 miles upstream. CREST ensures these projects satisfy community infrastructure / flood control needs and commits their expertise and leadership to community-based project management. CREST anticipates and enacts the full scope of each project, from conceptualization to securing funding to implementation and, finally, effectiveness monitoring.
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