Salmon could return to Columbia River

Salmon could return to Columbia River

Salmon could soon return to the Columbia River for the first time in seven decades, according to a spokesman for the Confederated Tribes of Colville.

Director of Natural Resources Cody Desautel tells KUOW radio in Seattle that his group will “trap and haul” fish out of its hatchery and put them above Chief Joseph Dam and Grand Coulee Dam.

Desautel says this would put salmon above Grand Coulee Dam “for the first time in 70 years.”

He says the plan hangs on one last federal permit from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

If the permit is approved, fish managers for the Colville Tribe will trap salmon at their hatchery and release them into the Columbia River.