Monday, August 31, 2009

Upper Deschutes Reintroduction and Passage

Since 1965 Round Butte Dam on the Deschutes River has blocked upstream passage of anadromous salmonids cutting of most of the largest and historically most productive tributary streams. Now a new trap and haul operation coupled with a major investment in downstream passage for juveniles could begin to restore anadromous fish to the Crooked, Metolius and other upstream tributary streams. Wild deschutes steelhead currently spawn in only a few of the larger lower river tributary streams and if the project is a success the increase in spawning and rearing habitat could be a major boon to the overall return. Check out a brief document from the Native Fish Society Website on the Upper Deschutes

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