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Chinook Salmon

Quinault Officials Skeptical of Chehalis River Dam

A month-long “scoping” period began Friday as state and federal regulators develop a framework for what will be examined in a pair of environmental impact statements on a proposal to build a dam to control flooding in the Chehalis River basin. Note: For more complete and recent information on the proposed dam please click HERE. The scoping process is to get public comment on the breadth of the environmental review. The Quinault Indian Nation immediately submitted a series of questions and concerns about the proposed Chehalis River dam, including how much it would cost, who will pay for it...

Governor Inslee Announces Agreement to Boost Salmon

Governor Inslee announced yesterday that representatives from the United States and Canada have agreed to recommend their governments approve new coast-wide fishing agreements under the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The agreement outlines each nation’s fishery management plans for Chinook, coho and chum stocks from 2019 to 2028. If approved, the treaty will result in more salmon returning to Washington and Oregon waters, where many populations are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. Governor Inslee Says This Step Comes at a Crucial Time “This step comes at a crucial time as we continue to see declines in Chinook...

State Must Replace Hundreds of Culverts to Save Salmon Habitats

In order to save Salmon habitats, Washington taxpayers face a bill of some $2.4 billion to repair hundreds of culverts over the next 11 years as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday. Divided 4-4 with Justice Anthony Kennedy not participating, the tie lets stand a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state was violating a series of tribal treaties with culverts that block salmon coming from and going to spawning grounds. Gov. Jay Inslee said the ruling brings “finality” to the long-running battle, and hopes various groups can work together to...

Dramatic Decline in Genetic Diversity of Northwest Salmon

Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, Washington State University researchers have found. The researchers reached this conclusion after extracting DNA from scores of bone samples, some harvested as many as 7,000 years ago, and comparing them to the DNA of Chinook salmon currently swimming in the Snake and Columbia rivers. Preserving genetic diversity is a central goal of the Endangered Species Act, in part because it helps a species adapt to changing environments. Yet it is rarely measured to this degree. Writing in the journal PLOS One, the researchers say their analysis...