Sonoma Land Trust builds ‘living shoreline’ to thwart erosion at…

The Press Democrat — Julian Meisler stood on a human-made levee at low tide along the shore of San Pablo Bay, surveying 1,000 acres of a dark brown, mostly barren mud flat. “That’s exactly what we want to see,” said Meisler. He is the project manager of Sonoma Land Trust’s 15-year campaign to restore wetlands intended to protect the Highway 37 corridor — with both a roadway and Read More…

Duvall nonprofit sues Department of Fish and Wildlife over salmon…

Snoqualmie Valley Record — Wild Fish Conservancy, a Duvall-based nonprofit, and The Conservation Angler filed suit against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), alleging that the agency violated the State Environmental Policy Act. The nearly 200-page lawsuit, filed Oct. 11 in King County Superior Court, is alleging that the WDFW has been ignoring state environmental laws, Read More…

$4 million project to improve Kennewick’s Clover Island begins this…

Tri-City Herald — Construction is ready to begin on a $4 million project at Clover Island in Kennewick. Plans call for extending the walking trail from the lighthouse along part of the north edge of the island, adding benches, safety lighting and landscaping. And three viewpoints are planned. The project also will help four species listed as endangered — upper Columbia River spring-run Read More…

PGE, Warm Springs Tribes give $1 million for Crooked River salmon…

KTVZ — Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, co-owners of the Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project on the Deschutes River, announced Tuesday a $1 million grant to the Deschutes Land Trust for habitat restoration aiding migratory salmon in the Crooked River. The grant was awarded through a special round of funding from the Pelton Round Butte Fund, through Read More…

Fishery Closures and the Ghosts of Past Mistakes

Hakai Magazine — David Christian, a 63-year-old gill-netter, first heard about the Pacific salmon fishery closures via cellphone while he was getting his 11-meter Grizzly King gill-netter ready to fish for salmon. The news spread quickly across the calm June waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, as fishers jumped on the radio to figure out what had just Read More…

California, Hoopa Valley Tribe try to save salmon and a way of life

KFGO — California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials are completing an unprecedented effort to save more than 1 million Chinook salmon, a campaign that also may help preserve a way of life for a Native American tribe. In June, salmon hatched at the Klamath River’s Iron Gate hatchery were temporarily trucked to a Trinity River hatchery in Northern California. The finger-length Read More…

Final Phase Underway For Solano County Tidal Restoration Project

CDFW News — The final phase of the 850-acre Hill Slough Tidal Restoration Project(opens in new tab) kicked off on October 5 with the first of 11 levee breaches. Located on California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Hill Slough Wildlife Area, just south of Suisun City in Solano County, the project site is currently a collection of diked ponds and upland habitat adjacent to Read More…

Habitat protection needs teeth to save salmon in ‘Heart of the…

The Abbotsford News — A bold new call to give habitat protection some teeth to save Fraser River salmon went out to provincial officials. An Oct. 18 letter fired off to Katrine Conroy, minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources and Rural Development, calls for the Heart of the Fraser wildlife management area (WMA) to be established from Mission to Hope. “Establishing a WMA will Read More…

Deschutes River Conservancy organizes yearly fall fish rescue, saving…

KTVZ — Every year, Central Oregon irrigation districts reduce the river flow in the Upper Deschutes River from Wickiup Reservoir to Bend to prepare for the following irrigation season, which creates collateral damage, in the form of hundreds of fish stranded in side channels. “When they do that, this side channel here at Lava Island Falls gets cut off from the river flow and fish get Read More…

Salmon spawning above Grand Coulee Dam a ‘hopeful’ sight

OPB — A salmon splashes its tail in a shallow part of the Sanpoil River, following an ancient pattern as it builds a nest, or redd. The salmon pushes lemon-sized pieces of gravel into a mound, burying the eggs underneath. In many other rivers in Washington, this is a normal sight. That’s not the case here, where massive concrete dams stopped salmon from reaching these spawning grounds for Read More…