Salmon Spawn in Upper Columbia River First Time in Over 80 Years
By angelamontana

Posted: September 21, 2021

Grand Coulee Dam

The Grand Coulee Dam has kept salmon out of the upper portion of the Columbia River, in Washington State, since its construction in the 1930s.

The nutritious fish were once a staple of the Native American diet in that region, but were sacrificed to provide electricity and agricultural irrigation for the growing population and industries.

In August of 2019, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation caught 100 fish from the lower portion of the river and released them in the upper part, to see if they would breed, and they did!


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