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November 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Salmon recovery: Dams are an easy scapegoat

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

In “How to boost salmon populations” [Opinion, Nov. 6], the authors admit that ocean conditions were a factor in recent record returns. But they give most credit to spill — the practice of shooting water over hydropower dams to help speed fish to the ocean.

Yet young salmon spend less than a month in the hydropower system where spill affects them, versus three to four years in the ocean. They face death from commercial, sport and tribal harvest. Some never make it past the hungry sea lions, which


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November 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Salmon recovery: Ocean conditions are key

The guest column  “How to boost salmon populations” [Opinion, Nov. 6]  gives most of the credit for recent high returns of fall salmon and steelhead to increased spillage of water over dams. However, the data from the last few years indicate that ocean conditions were largely responsible for increased returns. It’s one thing to get…


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August 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Salmon recovery: Don’t cut back on dam spills

Part of a catch that once would have been unimaginable, more than 400 sockeye salmon are pulled from the net on one pass by the Dream Catcher, , a purse seiner operated by the tribes near the mouth of the Okanogan River’s confluence with the Columbia. (BETTINA HANSEN / The Seattle Times)

While the return of Okanogan sockeye is cause for optimism, a main driver of this recovery, court-ordered spill at federal projects, has a more doubtful future [“On Columbia, ‘just add water’ seems to be working,” Local News, Aug. 2].

As reporter Lynda Mapes alludes in her article, and as the accompanying graphic clearly illustrates, exponential increases in sockeye, which began in 2007, coincide with then-federal District Judge James Redden’s order to dedicate more Columbia River water for


Comments | More in salmon | Topics: Columbia River, James Redden, Okanogan

July 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Snake River dams: What would removing them do?

Removing dams, bringing back recreation Editor, The Times: I am a professional fly-fishing guide on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. I read Lance Dickie’s recent column on the Snake River dam removals [“Reservoirs of uncertainty behind the Snake River dams,” Opinion, July 24] with great interest. As the column pointed out, the promises of a great economic boon to the…


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May 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Salmon recovery

Start by reducing seal population With regard to saving the salmon, the first place to start is by drastically reducing the seal population in Puget Sound [“Salmon plan needs more work, judge says,” NWTuesday, May 19]. I live on Hood Canal and have had property here since 1957. Salmon used to be plentiful here, but with the…


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May 22, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Salmon recovery

Serious consideration of all recovery options U.S. District Judge James Redden’s recent letter criticizing the federal agencies’ proposal for salmon recovery could not come at a better time [“Salmon plan needs more work, judge says,” NWTuesday, May 19]. This comes as a huge relief to me and other concerned Northwest citizens who have watched wild-salmon populations…


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