Monitoring Recolonization After Dam Removal

The Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is partnering with USGS fish biologists to monitor the recolonization of the White Salmon River by salmon and steelhead after the removal of the Condit Dam in 2000. A screw trap placed in March 2017 at river mile 1.4 was checked regularly throughout the spring, filtering

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Removing Barriers to Migrating Salmon

Like other RFEGs around the state, the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group works with landowners in our community to remove barriers to migrating salmon and steelhead by fixing broken culverts or replacing culverts with bridges. This habitat restoration work has an immediate benefit for salmon and steelhead and often provides an

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South Fork Toutle Confluence

The Lower Columbia Regional Fish Enhancement Group (LCFEG) started working in the Toutle River watershed in 2006. Last fall LCFEG installed a successful project at the confluence of the North Fork and South Fork Toutle Rivers. During construction LCFEG experienced a 10- and 100-year flood. With equipment onsite we were

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Watershed Education for Decision Makers

Watershed Education for Decision Makers is a field-based education program that aims to improve elected officials’ knowledge of natural resource management issues and solutions. The objective of the program is to connect city council members, mayors, county council members, and state representatives with local resources to provide understanding of how their

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Thatcher Bay Nearshore Restoration

Thatcher Bay is located on Blakely Island in the San Juan Islands and was the site of a wood milling operation from 1879 to 1942. During this time, mill waste in the form of sawdust and wood chips was disposed of in the intertidal area. As a result, wood chips in

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Methow Riparian Restoration

The primary objective of the Methow Riparian Restoration project is to systematically restore riparian habitat on large, publicly owned parcels within the Methow Valley, leading to improved habitat for salmonids and other wildlife. The project, which is taking place on Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) lands, addresses the

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Satsop Springs Fish Rearing

The Satsop Springs Rearing Facility operates through a cooperative agreement with the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife to raise and release rainbow trout, coho, Chinook, and chum. Each year we raise approximately 450,000 coho, 600,000 Chinook, and 450,000 chum, in conjunction with the Bingham Creek Hatchery. About 6,000 rainbow

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Hood Canal Steelhead Project

The Hood Canal Steelhead Project is a 16-year project (2007-2022) that aims to restore three steelhead populations in Hood Canal while evaluating the effectiveness of hatchery supplementation as a conservation strategy for steelhead. The current project, an expansion of the Hamma Hamma River Steelhead Supplementation Project, includes three additional supplemented

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Riparian Nurseries

The Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group currently maintains two riparian nursery sites, with a third site planned for the winter of 2015. At our primary nursery we containerize bare root stock, or grow plants from cuttings collected at or near our project sites. This nursery hosts between 12 and 17 species

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Bull Trout Taskforce

Bull trout are a char native to the Pacific Northwest that were listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1998. There are several reasons for their decline in the Yakima Basin, including passage barriers, water quality, incidental take, illegal poaching, competition with non-native species, hybridization with brook trout,

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