Monday, January 2, 2012

Hanford Reach Home to More than 60,000 Wild Chinook

The resilience of salmon in the Columbia never ceases to amaze. After a century of dam building only 45 miles of free flowing Columbia River remains, protected within the Hanford Reach national monument in Eastern Washington. Concentrated within those 45 miles though is one of the largest spawning aggregations of wild chinook salmon in the world, a reminder of how productive the mainstem habitats of the free flowing Columbia River must have been. This year more than 60,000 chinook spawned in the Hanford Reach, and with flow management tailored to improve the survival of incubating eggs the future appears bright for wild salmon in the reach. More information in the Columbia Basin Bulletin:

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