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Northwest Salmon Become Priority for Obama

by Barclay Charles
Examiner, September 16, 2009

The Obama administration has made important changes to the Northwest salmon restoration plan, adding $40 million dollars for 21 habitat restoration projects. The salmon restoration efforts already add up to over $1 billion annually (paid for mostly by our electric bills) and salmon numbers continue to decline for a number of reasons. The dams are blamed for much of the decline, habitat loss, low water levels, pollution, over-fishing and a whole host of other reasons are thought to contribute to the decline. This newly revised restoration plan has a provision to possibly remove dams on the Snake River if the declines become critical. The complete article is available via the link below.

Many Portlander's caught in the day to day routine forget about the hundred's of thousands of salmon and steelhead that migrate right next to our city every year. Now is a great time of year to witness this migration. If you don't fish or own a boat you may have never witnessed one of the largest and most dramatic life and death events in nature, right in your own backyard. Portlanders' looking to see one of natures' most exciting spectacles, the Northwest Salmon migration up the Columbia River, should check out the Bonneville Dam and recreation area. It's located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area 40 miles east of Portland. If you can't make the trip you can watch the salmon pass through the fish ladder via webcam, the link to the webcam is listed below. Bonneville Dam Visitor Center hours are - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Open daily, year-round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

Related Pages:
Full Obama Article
Bonneville Dam Fish Cam

Barclay Charles
Northwest Salmon Become Priority for Obama
Examiner, September 16, 2009

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