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20 years later, Idaho's salmon are still in danger of disappearing forever

The salmon of the Northwest are the stuff of legends. Pioneers talked of rivers so thick that they were tempted to cross on the backs of the fish. But times have changed, the fish's numbers have plunged, and 13 species were placed on the endangered species list by 1995. Climate change and our network of hydropower dams have helped thwart attempts so far to find a sustainable solution. And it's possible some of our strategies - including our reliance on hatcheries - have backfired.

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'Super' fish? Salmon may surprise you. But they're in peril, and need our help. 2:28

'Super' fish? Salmon may surprise you. But they're in peril, and need our help.

These are the voices speaking for wild salmon, Northwest dams & nearby communities 2:56

These are the voices speaking for wild salmon, Northwest dams & nearby communities

Free the Snake flotilla seeks to save wild salmon 1:29

Free the Snake flotilla seeks to save wild salmon

Here's how the Eagle Fish Hatchery handles Idaho's famous salmon 1:30

Here's how the Eagle Fish Hatchery handles Idaho's famous salmon

Watch the sun disappear into smoke over Boise in this time-lapse video 0:28

Watch the sun disappear into smoke over Boise in this time-lapse video

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'We've been managing salmon wrong for about 125 years'

Northwest fish hatcheries: 'A very valuable use of the public trust' 2:31

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Tour an Idaho fish hatchery 2:58

Tour an Idaho fish hatchery