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Lake Cushman Fish Collector Project Nears Completion

installingcofferdamTacoma Power is continuing efforts to reestablish and protect salmon populations in the Skokomish River. The utility’s Lake Cushman surface collector project with installation contractor Skanska USA is nearly complete several months ahead of schedule, and that’s a good thing for area fish. The surface collector funnels and collects fish headed downstream toward Hood Canal, allowing fishery staff to transport them past the two dams located on Lake Cushman and Lake Kokanee.

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Baby Puget Sound Orca L-120 Presumed Dead

orca-babyAn orca that was born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia.

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Radio Tagging Continues in the Elwha River

fishtaggingIn an effort to understand how fish are recolonizing the Elwha River system, fisheries biologists have been outfitting adult salmon and trout in the lower Elwha River with radio tags. Since April, 97 fish have been captured and tagged. Twenty-seven of these fish - 10 Chinook salmon, 14 bull trout,

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Park Plans Lookout Areas At Former Elwha Dam

Olympic National Park is planning to build public observation areas at the site of the former Glines Canyon Dam so the public can learn about ongoing efforts to restore the Elwha River. Two dams have been removed in a $325 million river restoration project that began in September 2011. The Peninsula Daily News says abutments on both sides of the former Glines Canyon Dam were left in place to eventually serve as observation points. A park spokeswoman says work on the observation areas would start this fall. The east side could open to the public as early as this winter, while the west side is expected to open in 2015. Interpretive signs will be added and short trails will provide access to the dam site. OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) – October 20, 2014

No Fuel Spilled From Yacht Sinking Near Sequim

A 67-foot yacht that sank Friday off Dungeness Spit near Sequim (skwim) did not spill any of the 700 gallons of diesel on board. The wooden Lady A remained floating at the surface. Itwas salvaged over the weekend and towed to Port Angeles. The salvagers told the Peninsula Daily News the ribs in the hull failed. The top portion of the boat also separated from the hull. The Coast Guard rescued two people on board. PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – October 20, 2014