On January 17th, the Oregon legislature commenced a “long session” that will continue into June. Wild Steelheaders United is tracking quite a few bills – and concepts that haven’t yet been filed as bills – that would affect wild steelhead.
Water quality and steelhead
Steelhead, like all of their salmonid cousins, need cold, clean water to thrive. But protecting and restoring water quality can be a real challenge, as the changing climate is making conditions warmer and drier throughout many watersheds.
NORTH UMPQUA UPDATE – STATUS OF HATCHERY SUMMER STEELHEAD PROGRAM
Read the latest on the status of the North Umpqua hatchery summer steelhead program.
The end of hatchery summer steelhead on the North Umpqua
On April 22nd, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-3 to end the hatchery summer steelhead program on the North Umpqua River after determining that the hatchery program presented an unacceptable risk to wild fish.