Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rogue Salmon Benefitting From Dam Removal

The last five years have been a whirlwind of dam removal on the Rogue River, making it a model of how local governments, fish managers and the public can work together to quickly remove dams, improve habitats and restore native salmonids. Since 2008 three mainstem dams which historically impeded fish passage have been removed and another dam has been removed on Elk Creek, a critical tributary for ESA listed Coho. Today the Rogue runs free 157 miles from Lost Creek Dam to the Pacific and the salmon appear to be benefitting. Check out this article in the Oregonian documenting some of the changes to the rivers habitat and how salmon are already spawning in areas which were inundated by dams just this summer.

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