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FISH + HABITAT
Director Shane Anderson made a pilgrimage to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state to the rivers he once fished as a boy. His relationship with the wild steelhead and the rivers in which they met upon taught him just how precious life can be.
This is a film by Todd Pearsons about restoration, recovery, and reintroduction of freshwater fish (Oregon Chub, Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout, Sockeye Salmon, and Coho Salmon) in the Pacific Northwest.
The Lost Fish (Trailer) – Freshwaters Illustrated and Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
In the heavily dammed Columbia River Basin, millions have been spent on life support systems for Pacific Salmon. Yet, the little-known Pacific Lamprey has slipped through the cracks of conservation efforts and is now lost from most of its historic range in the Columbia Basin. Desperately, members of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Yakama and Warm Springs Tribes have taken the management of Pacific Lamprey into their own hands and are now fighting to bring political attention and social will to the struggle of a lost fish.
Watch this stunning 4-minute video on the reintroduction of bull trout to the Clackamas River, Oregon! The video tells the story of the diligent efforts of fish biologists to once again see bull trout flourish in waters where they were eliminated over 50 years ago.
WATERSHEDS + CLIMATE
They were everywhere, and then, suddenly, they were gone. In three success stories from across the West, learn how the return of beaver has transformed public lands facing climate change.
The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board partnered with local filmmakers at North 40 Productions to tell the story of water in a new way.
In this installment of Encounters Salmon World’s amazing series, Richard and Liz take us into the Kaasda Héen River to explore the dynamics of a full, functioning salmon-supporting watershed. The rolling fogs, the flowing waters and filtering soils all contribute to these powerful landscapes that bring our salmon back again and again.
The Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative is a public-private competitive grant program that focuses on salmon habitat restoration efforts in areas of high ecological importance in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
SALMON RECOVERY + PEOPLE
Hear from salmon advocates in Washington State about the work being done to bring salmon back from the brink of extinction. The video focuses on the why salmon are important to the Washington State, the work being done here, and the returns on our investments in salmon recovery.
In the Northwest, local governments and stakeholders have realized that salmon recovery is a shared responsibility. Together, NOAA and the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board are working to improve habitat, restore salmon, and help the local economy.
The journey began with five logs. Five logs were carved by youth and students above Grand Coulee Dam into five Salmon Canoes, one for each of the Five Salmon. Our mission was to accomplish something that so far has not been done: return Salmon above the blockages on the Upper Columbia.
UPRIVER is a film on the Willamette River, and the Oregonians who are coming together to take part in its future.
Decommissioning Abandoned Roads to Protect Fish – BPA
In the winter of 1996, a series storm and flood events blew out old roads in the mountainous region of the Clearwater National Forest. After identifying the problem as one of the key limiting factors for increasing abundance of salmon and steelhead in the area, the Nez Perce Tribe teamed with the U.S. Forest Service and Bonneville Power Administration to address the issue in multiple central Idaho watersheds.
The CCNRD worked with multiple stakeholders to reconnect the two highest priority floodplain reconnection projects in Nason Creek. The downstream connection (near RM 9.6) was constructed in 2013 by installing a bridge under the railroad at the downstream end of the oxbow to provide access to this area by fish.
As we gain understanding of the ecological impacts of climate change, we see that water storage is essential to the long-term health of the Methow watershed. Beaver dams and the wetland “sponges” they create allow the watershed to retain water for longer, improving late-season flows. Beaver dams also increase riparian habitat, reduce stream temperatures, restore stream complexity, and capture sediment.
TU worked with a local irrigation company and other stakeholders to modernize the Pioneer Ditch diversion--and in the process, boost healthy river flows in the Wenatchee River for threatened salmon and steelhead populations.
Restoring Hope is an example of the collaborative effort being conduction in SE Idaho to improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, stream stability while providing for public access and recreation adventures. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest and numerous partners came together across ownership boundaries to restore watershed function within the Jackknife drainage.
Fundamentally, the Elwha River in Washington State is a story about people and the land they inhabit. This film captures the tenacity of individuals who would not give up on a river, mirroring the tenacity of salmon headed upstream to spawn. It is a narrative with global ramifications, exploring the complex relationship between communities and the environment that sustains them.
When the railroad was built in the late 1800’s, it cut off about 150 acres of salmon and steelhead habitat in Nason Creek. Chelan County worked with BNSF Railway and others to restore this important habitat by reconnecting the creek with its historic floodplain. Thousands of juvenile Chinook have now been documented in the newly opened habitat.
This video shows a fish habitat restoration project on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River. Timber harvest in the late 1800s removed trees from along and likely within the Yankee Fork — a forest has regrown, but few trees have fallen into the stream. Several partners implemented a large wood restoration project to enhance fish habitat.
Filmed as part of our forthcoming film, Willamette Futures, Water and Wood illustrates the powerful forces at work restoring the ecological values and functions of Oregon’s Rivers.
The Yankee Fork has been highly impacted by dredge mining that took place in the 1940s - 1950s which resulted in the river being moved from its historic location. The objective of this project was restore fish habitat by moving the river back into its historic location.
Fish really do grow on trees at the Whitefish Island Project located on the Methow River in Washington State. The strategic placement of large woody debris in the river creates critical spawning habitat for juvenile steelhead and salmon, leading to added biological diversity and a healthy river system.
By breaching a 40 year old levee, engineers reconnect historic Entiat River side channels and develop valuable salmon and steelhead habitat. The Tyee Ranch Project in north central Washington State has gigantic wood structures that mimic natural log jams. The intent is to create scour holes and deep cover for fish.
In the summer of 2014, an innovative salmon habitat enhancement project in the White River was completed by a local non-profit.
The Orvis-Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign goal is to reconnect 1,000 miles of fishable streams by repairing or replacing poorly constructed culverts throughout the U.S.
Environmental concerns over suction dredge mining have led to restrictions of the practice in ID, OR and CA. In WA, dredging is on the rise. But some want it restricted here, too.
Middle Methow Habitat Restoration – John Crandall & Kristen Kirkby
A look at habitat complexity projects installed in the Middle Methow.
Is restoration working to increase salmon numbers? This program compares the number of salmon from streams where habitat restoration was done to similar streams nearby without such work.
Project effectiveness monitoring addresses whether habitat restoration projects are effective in achieving their goals. This monitoring is critical for learning the degree to which types of projects achieve their goals, and how to design better projects going forward.
Fish-in and fish-out monitoring is the counting and tracking of adult salmon coming in (fish-in) to spawn and the number of juvenile fish headed to sea (fish-out). Measuring this transition tells how freshwater habitat and marine habitat affect overall salmon numbers.