The Elwah’s illegal dams are finally coming out, with the first phases of removal slated for fall 2011. There have been a spectacular number of dam removals in the press over the last several years, but perhaps none have held such promise for wild salmon and steelhead. The latest science indicates that it may take hundreds of generations for fish to rebuild the kind of genetic diversity that created the legendary runs of the past, so it seems very reasonable that WDFW is proposing a 5-year moratorium on fishing in the renewed Elwah.
WDFW is accepting comments from concerned citizens regarding the moratorium, and your input is needed. Let’s give Elwah fish a chance! Please follow the link and submit your comments.