Friday, April 24, 2009

Fish Passage for Cle Elum Lake

The Bureau of Rec, WA dept of Ecology and the Yakama nation are in the process of creating a permanent fish passage facility past Cle Elum dam. The facility would provide access to some of the most pristine spawning habitat in the basin and could supportChinook, Sockeye, Coho, Steelhead and Bull Trout. up to 2000 pairs of adult Sockeye will be transplanted from the Preist Rapids dam to facilitate colonization, the Yakima was once one of the most productive Sockeye systems on the Columbia. Managers are considering using hatchery supplementation to restore other runs into the upper Cle Elum. While it may be the only option for Chinook and Coho given the lack of source populations, it would be a very bad choice to try to reestablish steelhead in the upper Yakima using hatcheries. You can submit your comments to the Bureau to David Kaumheimer, Bureau of Reclamation, Environmental Program manager, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima Wash. 98901-2058 or

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