Sunday, April 12, 2009
Promises of Fish Abundance
The ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) announced that "sport fisherman" will have a bountiful year for coho salmon in Oregon this year.
Also, the Box Canyon Dam in northeastern Washington will be the site of repairs by the Kalispel tribe and the Pend Oreille County Public Utility District, who will be working together to repair "environmental damage caused by the dam when it was built in the 1950s."
When the dam was built, no fish ladders were included, which "caused a sharp decline in bull trout," an important food source for the area's Native Americans.
After years of contention between the tribe and the utility district, a settlement has been worked out and a signing ceremony took place on the Kalispel reservation in Usk, Washington.
Under the agreement, the utility has to remove nonnative fish, replace "desirable trout species," put in a "fish passage facility," replace trout habitats on "164 miles of rivers and streams that flow into the Pend Orielle River," and create recreational areas, as well as "provide money for the tribe to build recreation facilities at teh Pow Wow grounds, Kalispel Boat Launch, and Manresa Grotto Beach."
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