« As "sketchy" as they come - Bennett | Main | Salmon Recovery Road Tour Organizer »

January 23, 2008

A river sacrificed - In Washington, helping one fish has meant harming another

50506311img110

Forced by a federal court decision to develop a way to manage water that would help Yakima River spring chinook recover, fish biologists invented the system called "flip-flop," which alternates flows in the Yakima and Naches rivers to serve both farming and fish. And for a while, it seemed to work: Farmers got their water in the key late-summer and early-fall dry periods, and the spring chinook rebounded, albeit modestly.

Unfortunately the strategy had a negative impact on native steelhead and new research suggests the flip-flop may also take an unexpected toll on the Yakima spring chinook, the very fish it was designed to protect. 

Via: High Country News  LINK

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bf93e53ef00e550024b038834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference A river sacrificed - In Washington, helping one fish has meant harming another:

Comments

just a quick reminder--- mother nature is the moderator, she alone controls the flow. down with the dams and the players of god! the outdoorsmen need to voice their souls,for themselves and the future generations -----now back to my pale pale


The comments to this entry are closed.

Categories

My Other Accounts

Blog powered by TypePad
Member since 02/2005