A Register-Guard editorial last week predicts the the recent decision in the Sandy River hatchery lawsuit will make way for changes on the McKenzie River that will protect endangered Upper-Willamette Spring Chinook Salmon.
Haggerty’s ruling is handwriting on the wall for the McKenzie hatchery. The alarming downward trend in the river’s wild chinook population, along with the high rates of introgression, made it appear from the start that the plaintiffs had a strong case. Haggerty’s decision reinforces the message that a fundamental changes in the McKenzie hatchery’s operations are on the way.
Read more on the Sandy River Lawsuit here.