Columbia River Research Laboratory
The Columbia River Research Laboratory (CRRL) was established in 1978, tracing its roots to the previous Reservoir Program of the Fish and Wildlife Service, in the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland. The CRRL, the Center's largest field station, carries out research throughout the U.S. portion of the river's drainage basin in 5 western states.
Although salmonids are the focus of our research program, sturgeons, lampreys, and other members of the fish assemblage of the Columbia River and its tributaries are emphasized in our work. Research objectives address the biological effects resulting from hydropower generation, other human developments, and natural influences on aquatic productivity.