The Eel River used to have a million salmon and steelhead a year! WOW!!
The U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce, PacificCorp, and the states of Oregon and California today signed an agreement that, following a process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is expected to remove four dams on the Klamath River by 2020, amounting to one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation.
State and federal officials also signed a new, separate agreement with irrigation interests and other parties known as the 2016 Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement (KPFA). This agreement will help Klamath Basin irrigators avoid potentially adverse financial and regulatory impacts associated with the return of fish runs to the Upper Klamath Basin, which are anticipated after dams are removed.Click here to read more…
Only 78 Fall-Run Chinook salmon were observed at Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in 1990. In 2015, a record setting (the third broken record in a row) 9,345 redds, or spawning beds, were counted between Lower Granite and Hell’s Canyon dams.
That spawning bed count coincided with 59,300 adult fall kings returning to the river — the third biggest run since the four lower Snake dams were completed in 1973.
Brining back the Snake’s run has involved a collaborative multi-stakeholder program that involves state of the art hatchery practices, blended with habitat restoration.
This success story makes a very strong case for hatchery reform in many rivers from the Sacramento north. I’ve been saying for years that some rivers are too far gone to be fixed solely with habitat restoration and need hatcheries. But there’s a lot more we can do to make our hatcheries function better.
Read more about the Snake HERE
This is such an awesome sight…the two dams on Washington’s Elwah River coming down. The project is especially cool because the watershed above the old reservoirs is in Olympic National Park…and is thus protected and pristine.
Over the past couple seasons, salmon and steelhead habe neen repopulating the upper reaches of the drainage!