Late last week, the Puyallup Tribe released 30,000 steelhead into the upper White River.
This is an interesting hatchery program that is showing real results in saving a disappearing run of steelhead. We wrote more about it last year:
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is releasing young steelhead from an acclimation pond in the upper White River to help restore a weak run of the federally protected fish.
“Acclimation ponds help ensure there are juvenile steelhead in the river each year to take advantage of the available habitat,” said Blake Smith, hatchery manager for the Puyallup Tribe. The fish will be released at a pond on Huckleberry Creek, a tributary to the White River in the Puyallup watershed.