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Articles tagged steelhead

Sept. 5, 2014, 12:52 p.m.

The Last Dam on Whychus Creek Slated for Removal

The removal of the last remaining concrete dam on a Central Oregon creek is slated to get underway Monday. It's a part of a larger campaign to restore Whychus Creek, near Sisters, to a condition it hasn’t seen since the end of the 19th century.

Sept. 4, 2014, 10:39 a.m.

Oregon Forestry Board Moves To Protect Cool Water

The Oregon Board of Forestry has voted unanimously to keep moving forward on developing rules to making sure logging sites leave enough trees standing along salmon streams to keep the water shaded and cool.

July 10, 2014, 5:49 p.m.

A Debate On The Proposed Killing Of Cormorants To Save Salmon

The public gets its first chance to weigh in on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to kill nearly 16,000 cormorants nesting in the Columbia River estuary in an effort to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.

June 6, 2014, 10:07 a.m.

EPA, Environmental Groups Reach Agreement To Protect Salmon From Insecticides

Environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement Friday reinstating rules meant to protect salmon and steelhead from insecticides.

March 28, 2014, 4:14 p.m.

Oregon Company Defies State Order To Stop Work In Salmonberry River

The state of Oregon has ordered a company to stop rebuilding sections of the Port of Tillamook Bay railroad because it doesn't have a permit. But the company isn't stopping.

March 27, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Fish-Eating Birds To Be Killed At 5 Dams

Officials at five dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers will start killing birds that eat migrating juvenile salmon. The measures are meant to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.

Feb. 11, 2014, 1 a.m.

Stalking Puget Sound Steelhead With Science

Steelhead are disappearing once they leave their spawning rivers in the Puget Sound region. One scientist is hot on their tails in search of clues.

Jan. 27, 2014, 9:29 a.m.

Wild Fish Group Announces Plan To Sue Over Hatchery Fish In Puget Sound

A wild fish advocacy group goes to court to halt the release of hatchery steelhead in Washington rivers -- the latest such legal action to assert environmental laws to stop fish hatchery programs in the Northwest.

Dec. 11, 2013, 10 a.m.

Lawsuits Put NW Fish Hatcheries In The Crosshairs

Lawsuits around the region highlight a groundswell of opposition to the practice of raising salmon and steelhead in hatcheries to then be released into the wild.

Nov. 29, 2013, 10 a.m.

EarthFix Conversation: A Call For Philosophical Shift On Use Of Hatcheries

Salmon and steelhead stocks began to decline after dams were built around the Northwest. Fish hatcheries were put forth as a solution. Author Jim Lichatowich says the hatchery "bargain" hasn't paid off.

Oct. 24, 2013, 7:53 a.m.

Putting The Spa in Spawn: Tribe Creates Refuge For Exhausted Fish

The Yakama Nation’s steelhead reconditioning program is like a retreat spa for fish. And it's changing the circle of life for the species.

Sept. 9, 2013, 2:14 p.m.

Feds Say Dams Are Working Fine For Columbia Salmon

Not much would change for dam operations on the Columbia River under the federal government's new draft plan for protecting endangered salmon and steelhead.

June 4, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

Deal Struck In Central Idaho To Protect Fish

Money from a big 2004 Idaho water rights pact is being pumped into efforts in Idaho's Pahsimeroi River valley to help improve habitat for spawning salmon and steelhead.

May 9, 2013, 6 a.m.

Which Fish Get To Recolonize After Elwha's Dams Are Gone?

Fish are making their way into parts of the Elwha River that have been locked away above two dams for 100 years. But which fish should be allowed to recolonize the Elwha - just wild fish, or hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead, too?

April 22, 2013, 7 a.m.

Cormorant Management Bill Debuts In Oregon Legislature

Oregon salmon advocates hope to move forward developing a federally approved plan to allow cormorants to be killed where they are over-populated to reduce their impacts on salmon and steelhead runs.

March 28, 2013, 1 a.m.

Tribes Work To Maximize Columbia River Basin Steelhead

OROFINO, Idaho -- Steelhead in the Columbia River Basin are threatened. Current populations have dwindled to a fraction of the historic numbers a century ago. That has led two Northwest Indian Tribes to try something new to help this struggling fish survive.

Feb. 11, 2013, 7 a.m.

Southern Ore. Salmon Carcass Program Expands

A program that uses salmon and steelhead carcasses to fertilize upper Rogue tributaries and boost wild fish runs is expanding.

Jan. 15, 2013, 6:45 a.m.

Feds Propose Critical Fish Habitat In The Northwest

Federal fisheries managers are proposing to designate critical habitat for endangered coho salmon and steelhead.

Sept. 28, 2012, 5:36 p.m.

Columbia River Salmon Recovery Gets Mixed Report Card

Federal agencies deliver a mixed report card on their efforts to recover endangered salmon in the Columbia River.

Sept. 10, 2012, 3:52 p.m.

Anti-Gillnet Coalition Ends Ballot Measure Campaign

SALEM, Ore. -– The group that's asking Oregon voters to ban the use of gillnets along the Columbia River says it's suspending its ballot measure campaign. The sponsors of the measure say they're instead backing a separate effort by Oregon’s governor to do essentially the same thing.

Aug. 2, 2012, 8:55 a.m.

Moving Day On The Middle Fork John Day River

Dozens of people help move steelhead, frogs, and other wildlife into a newly engineered tributary of the Middle Fork John Day River. It's the latest step in a long-term effort to restore habitat in an Eastern Oregon river with a legacy of mining, ditching, and ranching.

June 7, 2012, 1 a.m.

NW Tribes Working To Develop Better Hatchery Fish

BOISE, Idaho -- For years critics have included hatcheries in their list of problems for wild salmon and steelhead. Among the gripes: hatchery fish weaken the species' gene pool by breeding with wild fish. Scientists at a laboratory in Idaho are determined to change that.

April 4, 2012, 9 a.m.

Tribe Objects to Toutle River Volcano Sediment Dam

Feb. 28, 2012, 2:02 p.m.

Tribe Won't Release Hatchery Steelhead Into Elwha This Year

TACOMA, Wash. — The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has agreed not to release any hatchery-raised steelhead into the Olympic Peninsula's Elwha River this year.

Jan. 30, 2012, 7:19 p.m.

Crooked River Irrigation Deal Benefits Farmers And Fish

For years now, an effort has been underway to reintroduce steelhead and salmon to Central Oregon’s Deschutes River Basin. One of the biggest challenges has been the Crooked River. In the summer months, farmers use irrigation to take large quantities of water out of the river to put on their fields. Now, a conservation group is working with farmers to keep the water in the river, by conserving water somewhere else.

Dec. 19, 2011, noon

New Research Shows Hatchery Fish Adapting To Captivity Within One Generation

Every year more than 6 billion juvenile salmon are released from hatcheries into the rivers of the Northwest. New research published today (Monday) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that hatchery fish may actually be adapting to captivity – making them less equipped to take on life in the wild.

Nov. 23, 2011, 10:52 a.m.

Judge Redden To Step Away From Columbia Salmon, Hydro Case

The U.S. District judge who's shaped salmon and hydropower policy on the Columbia River for more than a decade is stepping down from the case.

Oct. 7, 2011, 1 a.m.

All Aboard! Fish Busing On The Cowlitz Hits A Road Block

Transporting fish around dams is a challenge that's perhaps unique to the Pacific Northwest. It has had its successes, but on Southwest Washington's Cowlitz River, which has been dammed since the middle of the 20th century, reestablishing fish runs using trucks has been slow going.

Aug. 17, 2011, 11 p.m.

A Tribe Opts For Hatcheries to Bring Fish to the Elwha

The Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, has seen declining numbers of wild salmon since its dams went up. Fish hatcheries have been used to supplement those runs. But it's unclear what role humans will play in restoring fish once the river runs free. (Undamming the Elwha: Part III)