Climate change adds another stress to the Northwest salmon and steelhead that have been beaten back with dams, fishing nets, hooks, pollution and development for 150 years. The region got a preview of how bad it can be by the summer of 2015 when hotter temperatures killed millions of fish.
Across the Pacific Northwest and the nation, people have competing visions for the Columbia River Basin and its iconic salmon runs. Reconciling their many visions, addressing climate change and protecting the salmon and its ecosystems is our challenge for the rest of the century.
Anglers, Native Americans, environmental advocates and boaters joined together Sept. 9, 2017, to call for removing four dams on the Lower Snake River to save wild salmon that spawn in Idaho, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington.
More than a hundred sockeye salmon were delivered from Stanley to the Eagle Fish Hatchery in late September. These sockeye have migrated from the Pacific Ocean to Redfish Lake, climbing more than 6,000 feet in elevation.
Lance Hebdon, salmon and steelhead manager for Idaho Fish and Game, talks about the purpose of the state's hatcheries program and about trying to help provide fishing opportunities to the public in tough years.