Friday, July 3, 2009

Work begins on Dam Removal on the Wind River

Efforts to remove Hemlock dam on Trout Creek, one of the Wind Rivers most productive Steelhead spawning tributaries began this week. Removal of Hemlock dam which has long hindered wild fish migration with its inadequate fish ladder and reduced gravel and wood recruitment in lower Trout Creek should be a boon to Wild Summer Steelhead in the Wind. The Wind was once one of the most famous summer steelhead fisheries in Washington saw a severe decline in its wild population in the 1990s. Recently numbers have made a modest recovery and biologists are hopeful that with the curtailment of the hatchery steelhead program and habitat restoration such as the removal of Hemlock dam the Wind will see a substantial recovery. See the full article at Oregon Live

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