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Environment & Salmon
3:28 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Trying To Bring Back A Wild Spring Chinook Run Above Cougar Dam

The Portable Floating Fish Collector will be at Cougar Reservoir for the next two years, catching newly-hatched wild Chinook Salmon to be transported to the bottom of Cougar Dam.
Credit Angela Kellner

Behind Cougar Dam on the reservoir is a new project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Watershed Health
12:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Florence STEP Part 2: Conservation Group Expands Education Program In Response To Coho Loss

Siuslaw Elementary student learns about ecology on field trip to Florence STEP's Whiteaker Creek fish trap.
Dolly Greene

After losing nearly 10,000 newly-hatched Coho Salmon in February, a volunteer-run fish hatchery in Florence is regrouping.  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.  

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.

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Watershed Health
12:25 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Florence STEP Part 1: Fish Conservation Organization Regroups After Hatchery Loss

Racks of fish eggs inside the Munsel Creek Hatchery in Florence.
Credit Jes Burns

A volunteer-run fish conservation group in Florence is shifting focus nearly two months after suffering a significant set-back.  The Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program, or “STEP,” lost all the newly-hatched Coho from their hatchery on Munsel Creek.  Despite the tenor of media reports at the time, the loss is relatively insignificant from an ecological standpoint.  It's the group's work with local students that’s affected most.  

In the first of a two part series, KLCC’s Jes Burns looks at the hatchery loss and why ODFW decided not to pursue an investigation.

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Salmon Habitat
5:55 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Conservation Group Turns Christmas Trees Into Salmon Habitat

Christmas trees in a coastal stream.
Credit Michael D. Ellis

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.
 

On three Saturdays in January, the Tualatin Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited will be collecting Christmas tree donations at two locations in the Portland metropolitan area. Later, they’ll place the trees into a side channel of the Necanicum River near Seaside, where they will provide predator protection and food sources for baby coho salmon.

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Helicopter Crash
7:46 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Two ODFW Employees Injured on South Umpqua Helicopter Crash

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Updated  10-29-13

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says two of its employees were injured Monday in a helicopter accident near Days Creek.  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.  Huchko suffered a broken back and Himmelreich broke two vertebrae.  Pilot Fred Wittlake suffered broken ribs and a broken arm.

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