Program Structure

It Takes a Village


This is no small endeavor. Formal planning started in 2012, research began in 2014, and we expect the research to go through 2018 when we will be translating the results of the research into management actions. Today, over 150 scientists and technicians from federal, state, tribal, academic, and nonprofit institutions are in the field and in laboratories assessing the condition of juvenile Chinook, coho and steelhead and their marine environment.

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The thought engines of this project. U.S. and Canadian, multi-disciplinary technical teams work on each side of the border to develop, implement and/or review the research. The teams ensure within-nation collaboration across disciplines and responsible parties.
Members of each technical team also participate in transboundary workgroups to refine and implement the activities identified in the project areas that require significant transboundary collaboration.
Task teams that have U.S., Canadian, or U.S.-Canadian representation are established and come and go as needed. For example a task team has been established to focus specifically on steelhead marine survival in Puget Sound.
Higher up, U.S. and Canadian steering committees ensure the project and its funding are administered appropriately. They also maintain the project as a priority for the partners involved, help coordinate the effort with other initiatives, and tie the research to management.
Dozens of science and technical staff and volunteers support the research activities, in the field and in labs.
LLTK and PSF coordinate the effort, establish its funding mechanisms, maintain outreach and communications, and help translate the research results into management actions.

The task teams meet often, technical teams periodically throughout the year, and workgroups once to twice yearly. Steering committees convene quarterly. A workshop for the greater community will be held in the final year to disseminate project results and make recommendations for management actions.

Constant communications and initial data sharing among the various participants are maintained via an online project management utility. This includes within-activity communications and data management, and sharing research plans, protocols, and results among activities to continuously align work. This also includes a communications and media resources center for participants to utilize. Comprehensive data management tools are also being developed to provide a lasting infrastructure for monitoring and analysis.