Rules limit protections to Salmon, Steelhead and Bull Trout Streams

OSPC advocated for the Board of Forestry riparian rule change to extend beyond only those streams that  provide habitat for “salmon, steelhead and bull trout.”  (SSBT streams).  In watersheds where a Total Maximum Dailly Load allocation for stream temperature exists, OSPC  argued that the load allocation and the stream reaches to which it applies must be included.

The following graphic illustrates that SSBT streams are only 25% of all the streams on private forestlands, most of which need stronger protection but won’t get it from this rule process.

SSBT streams versus all perennial stream WO- EPA 2015
Source: EPA, Corvallis, 2015.
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