Habitat recovery for salmon due to dam removal


SALMON SPAWNING“Habitat managers spotted Chinook salmon and bull trout in the upper reaches of that river—above the former locations of demolished 108-foot and 210-foot dams that long blocked their path to the spawning ground to which they are hardwired to return.

The arrival of these fish is being celebrated as a promising sign for the return of the river to a fully functioning ecosystem, flowing freely from its source in the Olympic Mountains all the way to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Mel Elofson, a habitat biologist with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, was the first to spot the healthy female Chinook in the riverbank above the Glines Canyon Dam last week.”

For the rest of the story, go to: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/09/17/salmon-return-elwha-river-first-time-102-years?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-09-17

 

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