Science Inventory

RESTORING WILD SALMON TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: FRAMING THE RISK QUESTION

Citation:

Lackey, R T. RESTORING WILD SALMON TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: FRAMING THE RISK QUESTION. Watersheds Across Boundaries: Science, Sustainability, and Security, Stevenson, WA, November 03 - 07, 2002. Slaughter, Charles W., and Neil Berg (ed.), University of California Press at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 3-11, (2006).

Impact/Purpose:

To improve assessments of the ecological consequences of salmon management options

Description:

In the Pacific Northwest of the United States, it is urgent to assess accurately the various options proposed to restore wild salmon. For the past 125 years, a variety of analytic approaches have been employed to assess the ecological consequences of salmon management options. Each approach provided useful information to decision makers, but each also suffered from limitations, some relatively minor, others sufficient to undermine any potential utility. Risk assessment has become the most widely used analytic approach to evaluate environmental policy options. To date its use in ecological policy has been largely constrained to evaluating relatively simple technical questions (e.g., regulatory actions associated with specific chemicals or hazardous waste sites). Recently, however, there has been interest in applying risk assessment to more complex ecological policy problems (e.g., the decline of wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest). Although its use has become commonplace and widely accepted, especially among regulatory and land management agencies, risk assessment remains contentious. The most heated debates revolve around delineating the specific meaning of risk; that is framing the risk ¿question¿ to be answered.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (NON-EPA PUBLISHED PROCEEDINGS)
Product Published Date: 12/01/2006
Record Last Revised: 08/29/2007
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 96804

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION

IMMEDIATE OFFICE