These goals have guided the Northwest Steelheaders to achieve many successes over the past 50 years. Some of the highlights for each decade include:
- The Association of Northwest Steelheaders was created to protect our sport fisheries.
- Northwest Steelheader members worked toward legislation that would classify Steelhead as a State Game fish.
- Fought commercial overharvesting and non-selective gill net practices in the Columbia River.
- Proposed legislation eliminating gill net take of Striped Bass in Coos Bay.
- Helped pass the National Environmental
- Steelhead classified as a State Game fish in 1974 thereby eliminating them as a targeted commercial gill net fishery.
- Filed suit against the Corps to stop construction on the Snake River Lower Granite dam project.
- Gill nets legislated out of Coos Bay
protecting Striped Bass
- Fish protection language included in the Northwest Power Act.
- Passage of stream-side riparian buffer zone rules.
- Deschutes River land acquisition for public use.
- Sandy River land acquisition for public use.
- Fought High Seas Drift Net fishing that targeted Salmon and Steelhead beyond Territorial Waters.
- U.S./Canada Salmon Interceptor Treaty signed.
- In-stream water rights law passed to provide minimum stream flows.
- NW Steelheaders are instrumental in the
implementation of mass marking of hatchery fish
- NW Steelheaders take a lead role in addressing predation by Cormorants and Sea Lions.
- Helped to ban high Seas Drift Nets.
- Introduced legislation that addressed unscreened irrigation diversions that affected threatened and endangered fish species.
- NW Steelheaders take a lead role in protecting public rights to access Oregonís navigable rivers and streams.
- Joined coalition fighting Columbia River Hydro Management causing Salmon extinction.
- Began efforts to remove the Sandy River Dam.
- Passed legislation to fund Cormorant
predation study and
- Willamette Spring Chinook fishery switched to selective fisheries as a result of our efforts to protect threatened and endangered native salmon.
- Sandy River declared navigable thereby allowing greater access for anglers.
- Clackamas River Dam FERC relicensing.
- Won Lawsuit against federal Biop opinion, winning spill water at dams for juvenile salmon.
- John Day River declared navigable.
- Became National Wildlife Federation Oregon Affiliate.
- Blocked ship breaking in Yaquina Bay.
- Won River Rights appeal at US Supreme Court.
- Instrumental in passing legislation banning in water ship breaking in Oregon.
- Caused seven miles of Sandy River above old Marmot Dam site for selective harvest.
- Persuaded Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife to require the release of wild spring