Links to Lower Kootenai River Fish-and-Wildlife-Related Sites
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, working with other state and federal agencies as well as the Bonneville Power Administration, has been at the center of the efforts to restore the Kootenai River.
Today, BPA and its partners operating the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) are working diligently to protect and enhance our environmental, fish, and wildlife values, and ensure these qualities for future generations. BPA funds many of the fish and wildlife projects on the Kootenai River.
The Council works to protect, mitigate and enhance fish and wildlife of the Columbia River and guides Bonneville Power Administration's funding of projects to implement the fish and wildlife program.
The Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative (KVRI) is a community-based, collaborative effort in the Kootenai River Basin. The Kootenai Tribe was instrumental in working with local governing bodies to form the KVRI to restore and enhance the resources of the Kootenai Valley.
The Corps goal is to operate Libby Dam to minimize negative impacts on the environment through pollution prevention and mitigation, and we are committed to continual improvement.
The Northern Idaho Field Office (NIFO) of the USFWS is responsible for Endangered Species Act coordination, species conservation, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, environmental contaminants, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR), Section 7 consultation and federal project planning assistance, Clean Water Act 404 permits, Migratory Birds and other federal laws. Service staff works with its partners to conserve Northern Idaho species, including Canada lynx, Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear, Selkirk Mountains woodland caribou, bald eagles and migratory birds, bull trout, Kootenai River white sturgeon, Kootenai River burbot, Spalding’s catchfly and other Palouse prairie plants.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), and the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, is conducting several studies that will provide the recovery team with information to develop hydraulic flow models of the Kootenai River from Libby Dam, Montana, to Queens Bay on Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada.
The IDFG works closely with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho on fish and wildlife research, management, and the design and implementation of restoration actions.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks works closely with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho on fish and wildlife research, management, and the design and implementation of restoration actions.
The Fish and Wildlife Branch of the BC Ministry of Forests Land Natural Resource Operations (formerly BC Ministry of Environment) establishes legislation, policies and procedures for managing fishing and hunting activities, and for the allocation of fish and wildlife resources for recreational and commercial use. The goal of the provincial Fisheries program is to conserve the natural diversity of fish and fish habitat and to sustainably manage the freshwater sport fishing in B.C., and the agency has worked closely with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho on restoration of the Kootenai River.
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (KTOI) first established a hatchery for Kootenay River white sturgeon recovery in Idaho in 1990.  In 1998, the KTOI provided funding to the province to establish a sturgeon facility at the  Kootenay Trout Hatchery near Cranbrook as a fail-safe backup for the Tribe's Bonners Ferry hatchery.