The idea of salmon above Grand Coulee dam is getting a lot of attention these days, both artistic and scientific. Naiads readers are encouraged take two actions: (1) view the movie and (2) comment on the proposal. Details below.
Naiads has previously reported on the intrepid Columbia River paddlers who traveled from Astoria, Oregon to Canal Flats, B.C. in the summer and fall of 2014. They have just released a new film that examines the potential for salmon restoration through the lens of their journey. The 35-minute movie, Treaty Talks: Paddling Up the Columbia River for People and Salmon, takes the viewer up the river and into the lives of the Spokane and Colville Tribes kids who carved the dugout canoes, along with many others who dream about and are dedicated to salmon restoration.
The Columbia Canoe Journey was undertaken by Voyages of Rediscovery, aka Adam Wicks-Arshack, Xander Demetrios, John Malik, and Jay Callahan. It’s an inspiring and beautiful film.
The film was sponsored by Upper Columbia United Tribes or UCUT, a consortium of five tribes in the Upper Columbia basin that serves to protect and restore the natural resources of those tribes – covering 2 million acres and lands and waters located within the states of Washington and Idaho.
UCUT has been instrumental in promoting a serious policy discussion about salmon reintroduction above Grand Coulee dam. See related posts on this blog discussing the Columbia River Treaty recommendations and other documents.
UCUT has now released for public comment the Phase 1 Plan for the Upper Columbia Basin Fish Passage and Reintroduction Project. Comments on the plan are welcome and due to UCUT on February 27, 2015. It’s a well-constructed plan that will
UCUT’s Phase 1 Plan follows on the NW Power & Conservation Council’s October 2014 adoption of the Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Program. The program plan calls for a phased approach to study and implement reintroduction of anadromous fish (salmon, steelhead, eels and other species) to areas where fish migrated historically, but which are now blocked due to dams and etc.