Salmon-Safe Urban Development Certification

Develop environmentally innovative projects that help restore our urban watersheds

Salmon-Safe’s development standards apply to any large-scale urban project with the goal of elevating environmental performance through design and construction to ongoing operation.

For 2021, Salmon-Safe is introducing new Urban Development Standards 3.0, including updated stormwater design guidelines and elevating climate resiliency planning as a core component of certification. The new standards are available for optional piloting this year. Version 3.0 will be mandatory for new and re-certifying projects beginning January 2022.

For all projects, standards can be applied at any time from schematic design through construction or even existing site operations.

Salmon-Safe is a leading U.S. certifier of ecologically sustainable viticulture with more than 350 Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia vineyards transitioned to certification.

Salmon-Safe for winegrowing focuses on reducing vineyard runoff, water quality protection, and enhancement of native biodiversity on vineyard sites.

There’s more than one way for vineyard operators to earn Salmon-Safe certification. Salmon-Safe’s primary Oregon and Washington vineyard certification program is operated in partnership with Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE), modeled after European standards for Integrated Production certification by the IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control).

Organic vineyards seeking Salmon-Safe certification are certified by Oregon Tilth, the leading West Coast certifier of organic farms. Oregon Tilth offers Salmon-Safe inspection as an optional water quality and habitat overlay during routine organic inspection.

Salmon-Safe and Demeter have harmonized standards so that West Coast vineyards that achieve biodynamic certification also earn Salmon-Safe certification.

Most recently, in the Walla Walla watershed of Oregon and Washington, Salmon-Safe is joining with sustainable viticulture organization Vinea in its pilot of a new Walla Walla Valley Certified Sustainable (WWVCS) standard for wine grapes and other crops.

Salmon-Safe vineyard certification is valid for three years, subject to annual verification.

The Salmon-Safe farm certification program is focused on management practices in six primary areas: riparian area management, water use management, erosion and sediment control, integrated pest management and water quality protection, animal management, and biodiversity conservation.

Our standards were developed over a three-year period with biologists, agronomists, and farmers, and have been tested in the field since the late 1990s at more than 900 farms in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and British Columbia across a variety of crops.

For growers certified by other leading farm certification organizations, Salmon-Safe partners with Oregon Tilth and  GLOBALG.A.P. to conduct Salmon-Safe assessment as an efficient and cost effective overlay that delivers two labels in a single inspection visit.

Salmon-Safe offers virtual assessment for qualifying growers due to COVID-19. This is in response to restrictions preventing planned on-site assessments and reassessments during regular certification cycles. Find out more about our COVID-19 Assessment Protocol.

Salmon-Safe offers the nation’s first and only peer-reviewed certification program linking corporate or university land management practices with the protection of urban watersheds.

Whether the site is a corporate campus with streams or wetlands, an urban office park, or a university campus, certification requires management practices that reduce stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution, helping to protect Pacific Northwest salmon watersheds.

For 2021, Salmon-Safe is introducing new Urban Standards 3.0, including updated stormwater management guidelines and elevating climate resiliency planning as a core component of certification. The new standards are available for optional piloting this year. Version 3.0 will be mandatory for new and re-certifying projects beginning January 2022.

Salmon-Safe infrastructure standards are designed for mass transit, neighborhood scale stormwater treatment, green street, municipal water system, bridge, and other large-scale projects.

Salmon-Safe’s latest certification initiative is comprehensive green street design and infrastructure development standards that integrate the principles of low impact development (LID) site design while focusing on the reduction of nonpoint source pollution and the areas of habitat vulnerability most critical to the survival of salmonids.

Salmon-Safe’s park standards are based on a system-wide approach that relies on a comprehensive evaluation of overall management policies and planning related to habitat and water quality protection.

The Salmon-Safe park systems and natural area certification was developed in partnership with several Northwest cities and other park providers.

Co-presented by Stewardship Partners, Salmon-Safe golf course design and management standards represent a new level of environmental certification for Northwest golf courses

Piloted with leading Oregon and Washington golf courses, Salmon-Safe Golf focuses on operation and ongoing management golf courses, but also provide guidance for new facility upgrades within existing golf courses. The project is a collaboration between Salmon-Safe and our Seattle-based implementation partner Stewardship Partners, with significant input from the Northwest golf industry.