Salmon Seen Spawning in Upper Columbia River For The First Time in Over 80 Years

When considering the Columbia River system, Native American tribe leaders, as well as leading scientists in the field, have been dreaming of seeing the return of salmon for many, many decades.

Well, now, their dream is finally coming true. Biologists managed to count 36 nests exactly along the Sanpoil River, a tributary of the Columbia River, where the female salmons lay their eggs.

Up to this point, the salmon couldn’t return to the upper Columbia River since the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams were constructed in the 1930s and 1950s respectively.

However, in a cultural case, about 60 salmon were released above the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams long after that only last year in 2019.

Here is a short film that will help you build your knowledge on this matter:
Finally, biologists could tell the difference in October, observing that the fish was finally spreading around and spawning.

This is an authentic pointer that despite the inconvenience and the dams, the river still provides a habitat for the salmon, which could mean a potential sustainable return of salmon to the Columbia River.

This is merely the first step to decide whether salmon will be able to live long-term in the upper river, in a larger study sponsored by the reservation. The experiment so far, as Baldwin says, looks quite promising.

This story is yet another very good example of all the destructive effects dams have on the ecosystem. This really shows why there is an urgent need to reduce the building of all the unnecessary ones.

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