Friday, November 6, 2009

Dam Removal adds 30 miles of anadromous habitat to Yakima

The upper 30 miles of Taneum Creek, one of the Upper Yakima's most intact, productive tributaries have long been blocked by an irrigation dam. Now, with the culmination of a 6 year dam removal project, salmon and steelhead will have access to the upper watershed for the first time in 120 years. The project has been sponsored by the Kittitas conservation trust and is a huge development in the effort to restore the once tremendous runs of chinook, coho and steelhead to the Upper Yakima basin. More information, including details on a Taneum Creek celebration being held in Thorp this weekend on the Columbia Basin Bulletin's website.

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