Author: eoconnell

Ericksen tries to sneak in Cherry Point attack

State Senator Doug Ericksen moved this week to insert language into an unrelated bill that would strip protections from Cherry Point. The same language was earlier included in SB 5171, which would remove protections recently issued to Cherry Point by the state and make it harder for the state to expand aquatic reserves in the future. The original bill was not passed out of committee. Seven tribes and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission were joined by a dozen organizations and individuals to oppose the bill. No one testified in favor. Now Senator Ericksen is attempting to revive the same...

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Pavement is killing salmon in the Puyallup

You would think that while we spend millions on habitat restoration and as economic growth slowed during the Great Recession, we’d see gains in salmon habitat. That wasn’t true in terms of the amount of pavement in the Puyallup watershed. According to the treaty tribes State of Our Watersheds report, impervious surfaces increased, despite a slow economy. From the report: The Puyallup River basin continued to see an increase in impervious surface (1.2%) from 2006 through 2011. Clarks Creek basin saw an increase in impervious surface in all of its watershed analysis units… Despite already being one of the...

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How habitat was a big reason behind this year’s low salmon runs

Despite better forecasts than last year, low returns of both chinook and coho salmon will likely again constrain fisheries throughout western Washington. Last year tribal and state co-managers faced record low coho forecasts in developing a conservative package of fisheries. An additional concern this year is the low forecasted return of spring chinook to the Nooksack and Dungeness Rivers. Coho returns will be a specific issue as co-managers put together fishing packages. The joint fisheries package developed by the co-managers must protect extremely low populations of coho salmon to the Queets, Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers. Fewer than 19,000 coho...

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State of Our Watersheds: Riprap Hurts Hoh

Shoreline armoring in both fresh and saltwater is one of the most pervasive and growing problems facing salmon populations in our region. Armoring techniques like riprapping – adding rocks to riverbanks to prevent erosion – cut salmon off from vital habitat. According to the recently released State of Our Watersheds Report by the treaty tribes in western Washington, the riprapping on the Hoh River has gotten worse. From the report: The mainstem Hoh River has over 3.7 miles of riprap between River Mile 1 and 37. Since 2012, there have been at least four new riprap projects as well...

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