The first Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Initiative (UCWSRI) Recovery Plan was completed in November 2002. A revised Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Plan was completed in December 2012. The revised Recovery Plan is the product of the UCWSRI Technical Working Group, a group composed of Canadian, U. S., and aboriginal governments, industrial and environmental organizations, and citizens with specific sturgeon expertise.
The Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Plan is designed to help inform and guide sturgeon restoration efforts in the U.S. portion of the Columbia River upstream from Grand Coulee Dam and in the Canadian portion of the Columbia River. The Recovery Plan is designed compliment recovery an action planning activities under the Canadian Species at Risk Act in Canada, and to be consistent with implementation of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program in the U.S. under the 1980 Northwest Power Act.
The Recovery Plan identifies recovery goals, objectives, and population targets, and a suite of strategies and associated measures to achieve those goals, objectives and population targets. The Recovery Plan also identifies approximate timeframes within which the conservation measures will be implemented and within which results can be expected.
The Recovery Plan is based on an adaptive management approach that involves the continued modification of the program based on results of research on limiting factors and monitoring of stock status and its response to recovery actions. Specific actions to achieve the Recovery Plan are described in a separate document, the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative Operational Plan.