Monday, August 24, 2009

Low Water Causing Concern for Returning Salmon


Odd Year returning pink salmon have been arriving in Puget Sound Rivers en masse for the last couple of weeks. Returns are predicted to be well above average with over 1 million salmon bound for the Skagit drainage alone. Despite the huge numbers of fish there is concern that the unusually low flows in some of our rivers may end up limiting their access to important spawning areas. Additionally if the salmon spawn sometime in the next couple of weeks and we have a dry warm fall river levels may continue to drop leaving some redds dry. See the article in the Seattle times.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009715690_apwasalmonlowrivers1stldwritethru.html

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