salmon http://klcc.org en Trying To Bring Back A Wild Spring Chinook Run Above Cougar Dam http://klcc.org/post/trying-bring-back-wild-spring-chinook-run-above-cougar-dam <p></p><p>Behind Cougar Dam on the reservoir is a new project of the <a href="http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/WillametteValley.aspx">U.S. Army Corps of Engineers</a>. It’s a Portable Floating Fish Collector, or PFFC. It's about the size of a tennis court. It's moored in place, but can be moved around the body of water to find the sweet spot. After a two-year trial run, it will be disassembled, loaded onto trucks and taken to either Lookout Point or Detroit Reservoir.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Greg Taylor: "My name is Greg Taylor, I'm a fish biologist for the Corps of Engineers at the Willamette Valley project. We operate a number of fish facilities at the dams and then we've got this brand new facility that we're bringing on line here at Cougar Reservoir.</p><p></p><p>The long-term goal of this project is to get a sustainable run of wild Spring Chinook established above Cougar Dam. The Portable Floating Fish Collector that we're working with today captures juvenile fish in the reservoir so that we can transport them safely downstream.</p><p></p><p>Shortly after the dam went in place, they were evaluating whether they could establish a run of fish above the dam and it didn't work for a number of reasons. We had temperature issues associated with the dam. So the trap and haul and the downstream passage systems that we had just didn't work so at that time they made a decision to produce hatchery fish in mitigation for the old system that was in place. We've got fish listed on the Endangered Species Act. There's an emphasis on wild fish and wild fish production and so this project is really trying to move towards getting those wild fish reestablished above the dam.</p><p></p><p>It's sort of a stationary fish vacuum. We've got water being pulled into the throat and then fish go over this velocity barrier and then get caught in a little trap down there and then we'll be able to bring the fish up and then we process them and transport them downstream.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:28:55 +0000 Angela Kellner 15265 at http://klcc.org Trying To Bring Back A Wild Spring Chinook Run Above Cougar Dam Florence STEP Part 2: Conservation Group Expands Education Program In Response To Coho Loss http://klcc.org/post/florence-step-part-2-conservation-group-expands-education-program-response-coho-loss <p>After losing nearly 10,000 newly-hatched Coho Salmon in February, a volunteer-run fish hatchery in Florence is regrouping.&nbsp; While the loss accounted for all of this year’s hatchery Coho in the Siuslaw basin, the number represents less than 1% of the total Coho returns for the river. &nbsp;<br /><br />Yesterday we heard about the hatchery loss. Today KLCC’s Jes Burns reports on what the volunteers are doing to keep it from happening again.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:12:00 +0000 Jes Burns 11294 at http://klcc.org Florence STEP Part 2: Conservation Group Expands Education Program In Response To Coho Loss Florence STEP Part 1: Fish Conservation Organization Regroups After Hatchery Loss http://klcc.org/post/florence-step-part-1-fish-conservation-organization-regroups-after-hatchery-loss <p>A volunteer-run fish conservation group in Florence is shifting focus nearly two months after suffering a significant set-back.&nbsp; The Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program, or “STEP,” lost all the newly-hatched Coho from their hatchery on Munsel Creek.&nbsp; Despite the tenor of media reports at the time, the loss is relatively insignificant from an ecological standpoint.&nbsp; It's the group's work with local students that’s affected most. &nbsp;<br /> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Jes Burns 11204 at http://klcc.org Florence STEP Part 1: Fish Conservation Organization Regroups After Hatchery Loss Conservation Group Turns Christmas Trees Into Salmon Habitat http://klcc.org/post/conservation-group-turns-christmas-trees-salmon-habitat <p>Before you kick your dying Christmas tree to the curb, consider this: Members of the conservation group Trout Unlimited would love to turn that tree into fish habitat.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:55:28 +0000 Cassandra Profita 5599 at http://klcc.org Conservation Group Turns Christmas Trees Into Salmon Habitat Two ODFW Employees Injured on South Umpqua Helicopter Crash http://klcc.org/post/two-odfw-employees-injured-south-umpqua-helicopter-crash <p><em><strong>Updated&nbsp; 10-29-13</strong></em></p><p>The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says two of its employees were injured Monday in a helicopter accident near Days Creek.&nbsp; ODFW identifies the two passengers as 34-year-old Holly Huchko and 35-year-old Eric Himmelreich, both of whom work out of the Roseburg office for the Umpqua Fish District.&nbsp; Huchko suffered a broken back and Himmelreich broke two vertebrae.&nbsp; Pilot Fred Wittlake suffered broken ribs and a broken arm.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 02:46:26 +0000 Jes Burns 2026 at http://klcc.org Two ODFW Employees Injured on South Umpqua Helicopter Crash