Angler Science opportunities in Washington

In Science Friday, Washington by Nick ChambersLeave a Comment

It is that time of year again where we all get the opportunity to become citizen scientists on the weekend (basically, we get to have fun playing in streams).   I am happy to inform you all that – like last year – TU and Wild Steelheaders United will be conducting steelhead redd surveys in Washington’s Hoh River and sharing …

Oregon’s and California’s Smith River protected from foreign mining interests

In Oregon by Shauna SherardLeave a Comment

20 year mineral withdrawal approved by Interior Photos by Ken Moorish Washington D.C. — Oregon and California’s Smith River got welcome news as the Department of the Interior approved a 20-year mineral withdrawal, protecting the river from proposed strip mining.   In recent years, foreign mining companies have sought to strip mine for nickel in the area, putting at risk …

Suction Dredge Mining Reform Legislation Introduced in Washington State

In Washington by Dwayne MeadowsLeave a Comment

Suction Dredge Mining Reform Legislation Introduced in Washington State Suction dredge mining is a largely recreational use of rivers and creeks, practiced by a small number of enthusiasts throughout the West. The impacts of this activity on fish such as steelhead and salmon, however, can be significant. That’s why Trout Unlimited and Wild Steelheaders United have been working to ensure …

How many steelhead can you fit into a school?

In Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, Science Friday, Washington by Nick ChambersLeave a Comment

It depends on how old and big they are.   Over the past year we have talked extensively about the value of life history diversity in steelhead, and in particular, that a broader range in spawn timing – which results in a broader range of emergence for juveniles – can help ameliorate density-related impacts by spreading steelhead of various ages …