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Seen this on another site, apparently the TV show 60 minutes will broadcast an expose on the depressed salmon stocks on the Columbia and Snake rivers this weekend and the cash cow that has went into various failed rehabilitation programs. Should be worth a peek, Sunday June 22nd, check your local TV rags for times.
 

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Sounds interesting and will try and catch the program. But a real eye opener was in one of B.C Outdoors articles last year about the salmon and steelhead runs that used to run up the Columbia River on the Canadian side of the border. Because the government at the time could not see any vaue in this run of fish they made the decision to not save them when the dams went up on the Columbia River. A whole run of salmon and steelhead wiped out by a bunch of short sighted bureaucrats. :wallbash:
 

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FUBAR! That's the tone of the program. Planning was never aprat of the expantion we felt nessary in the late fifty, only trade off. Can you fault those that put up the dams? Can you take down those dam now, know only coal or gas will fill the gap?
The dams are the obvious target but similar trends are happening on rivers not dammed (or not to the same extent - the Fraser only damed at Wiliston Lake, the very end of salmon habitat). I truely believe this decline in salmon one the whole west coast is more from habitat loss than dams. The Columbia's salmon rearing ground, Portland Oragon, the Fraser's salmon rearing ground Vancouver, the salmon most effected coho ones that bread in more than 200 streams in the lower main land and now are in like 5, two with hatcheries, the other three with school kid putting them there. And the same is for all the water front of Washington and BC.
There is one speicies doing well chum the least reliant on streams and reparian or estuine areas... wonder why they are doing well.
What ever the solution to the salmon problem is human are at the root of it. And in many ways we are lieing to ourselve if we blame dams and live here, own houses and live here, fish and live here, or derive a live off the land and live here... a trade off is made which ever way we have it.
Have fun, Jason
 
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