Mention the words, "Salmon in the City" and it will conjure a variety of images and beliefs. One common belief is that there is little we can do for salmon and steelhead in urban areas. By definition, cities are densely packed with people, cars, roads, and buildings with a legacy of impacts to water, soil, and air quality.  What we understand as properly functioning conditions for salmon and steelhead including intact riparian forests, functioning floodplains, and cold, clean water can be severely altered to virtually non-existent in urban environments.

Historically, fish restoration efforts were concentrated in the more intact, less urbanized watersheds. However, it is becoming clearer that as human populations and urban centers continue to spread across the landscape that salmon and steelhead depend on, we can't overlook the urban areas.

In order to justify the costs and sacrifices that will surely be associated with adequately addressing salmon and steelhead and their habitats, it will be important to understand the impacts of urbanization, how these impacts might be minimized or eliminated and how fish will respond to restoration efforts.

This one day symposium will begin to look at these and other related questions.

NOTE: If you are looking for the Salmon in the City: Urban Design + Ecology event on October 27 being organized by Salmon Safe, please follow this link:

Final Schedule of Speakers
Speaker Biographies and Abstracts

Salmon-Safe sponsored wine reception featuring Tyee Wine Cellars
immediately following the panel discussion. Included in price of admission.


Who Should Attend

Urban Planners, Regulatory Specialists, Stormwater Experts, Permitting Staff, Engineers, Restoration Specialists, Policy Makers, Conservationists, Fish Biologists, Water Quality Specialists, Students and anyone interested in salmon and steelhead in urban environments


Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


University Place, 310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, Oregon

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Please take public transit to this meeting. Plan your trip with TriMet at The Max Yellow and Green lines and the Streetcar stop mere blocks away and are free within the downtown core. The Route 17 bus stops on SW Lincoln and numerous other routes stop on SW 5th or 6th and SW Harrison.  On-site is parking available for $10 a day

Student Opportunities

Student volunteer opportunities


Contact Mike Reed (; 503-823-3399) or Demian Ebert (; 503-222-7275)


Salmon in the City flyer

Organized and Sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Financial assistance provided by the City of Portland and ENTRIX.

Background art:  Dugald Stermer

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