OCTOBER 2021
The Conservation Angler and Wild Fish Conservancy filed a legal challenge seeking an end to excessive chinook salmon hatchery production that harms wild chinook and orca whales. Dive into this issue in our blog. There are also news stories on the issue.
2021 Columbia River Wild Salmon and Steelhead returns were mixed. 
Wild spring chinook, sockeye salmon and summer steelhead returns among the lowest while fall chinook and hatchery coho among the highest. 
 
A detailed summary can be reviewed here.
Washington Senator Patty Murray and Governor Jay Inslee propose establishing a Joint Federal-State Process on Snake River Salmon Recovery. Read their press release. Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued her own statement regarding their willingness to pause their long-term legal action. For news reports on this latest development, click here.
Low oxygen levels along Pacific Northwest coast a ‘silent’ climate change crisis. Read full story here.

Former Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commissioners voice support for wild steelhead release on SW Oregon rivers along-side fellow advocates.
Salmon have returned to spawn in the waters of Finn Rock Reach in the McKenzie River. For those who worked over the summer to improve habitat there, it's a reason to celebrate. Read more here.
Removing the 100-year-old Condit Dam in 2011 came with the hope of returning the White Salmon River to its natural state, benefiting tribes, river recreationalists, and salmon. Did it work? Read more here.
Listen to Richard Harrington's The River Rambler podcast with David Moskowitz and Bill Bakke as they look back and look forward.
PGE, Warm Springs Tribes give $1 million for Crooked River salmon habitat restoration project. Read the full news article here.

Restoring the Crooked River's prioritized habitat and water needs will demand a long-term funding commitment. Hopefully, the Warm Springs Tribe and PGE will not ignore the restoration needs in the lower Deschutes River that are necessary to support declining wild spring chinook and wild summer steelhead populations that managed to sustain themselves prior to changes in Round Butte dam operations.
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Pete Soverel, David Moskowitz, Sarah MacKenzie Lonigro, Rob Kirschner and Jim Myron