Hatchery setback underscores fallacy of current approach to solving Idaho’s salmon crisis

Hatchery setback underscores fallacy of current approach to solving Idaho’s salmon crisis

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game today acknowledged that sockeye salmon from its new $14 million Springfield Hatchery in southern Idaho are dying at difficult-to-explain rates.

In a press release issued today, Fish and Game biologists said their leading theory about why is because of a difference in water hardness between the hatchery and the natural lakes and streams in the upper Salmon River system. 

Clearwater basin overflows with Wild and Scenic candidates

Clearwater basin overflows with Wild and Scenic candidates

For much of the past decade, Idaho Rivers United has worked to defend the Wild and Scenic rivers of the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forests, where some of the finest wild rivers in the nation flow clean, clear and cold. This fall we’re changing tack and in addition to continuing to defend existing Wild and Scenic rivers, we’re filing comments to encourage the Forest Service to protect more of the region’s unparalleled rivers.

Northwest's 'worst-kept secret' inspires #FreetheSnake Flotilla participants

Northwest's 'worst-kept secret' inspires #FreetheSnake Flotilla participants

Before the third annual Free the Snake Flotilla launched Saturday morning, Lewiston native and IRU member Devon Barker-Hicks gave an inspiring speech to encourage people to refocus on building, not tearing things down. “We built the dams,” she said. “We know how to build. Let’s use our collective knowledge to build. Let’s build beaches. Let’s build current. Let’s build shade. Let’s build fish runs.”