Olympic National Park: Fish continue to recolonize Elwha

Step by step the rivers will recover. Here at Tidal Exchange, we are huge supporters of the Elwah dam removal project — and view it as one of the most important habitat restoration projects ever undertaken.

An early-August snorkel survey between Rica and Glines Canyons — upstream from both dam sites — revealed five adult chinook, one steelhead and 10 adult sockeye salmon, park officials said.

Our optimism for the project is only modestly dimmed by the unfortunate installation of a Tribal hatchery near the river mouth. This is (and remains) one place where we can truly study how habitat restoration on a grand scale can work. To muddy the waters with hatchery fish remains hugely short sighted to us.

Read the full article: Peninsula Daily News

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