Steelhead Spawning in the Elwha

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On the heels of yesterday’s sneak peek of DamNation comes word from the Seattle Times that steelhead have been spotted spawning in the previously inaccessible stretches of the Elwha River above the dam removal site. For the first time in over 100 years, wild steelhead are finding their way up the Elwha and reclaiming their spawning grounds. In an uphill battle to recover the Northwest’s rivers and native anadromous fish runs, this news in nothing short of inspiring.

It’s like Field of Dreams,” (said fish biologist John McMillan). As in, build it, and they will come. Or in this case, un-build it. “Not everyone gives them enough credit,” (McMIllan) said of the wild fish. “I give them a lot of credit.

Cheers, John.

Read the full story here. Thanks to Mitch Baird for the tip.


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