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The natural process of salmon spawning (during which the adult salmon die) is critical to our ecosystems. An astoundingly wide variety of creatures rely on the flesh of dead adult salmon to survive, including newly spawned juvenile salmon. Because many of the streams in which salmon spawn and rear are inherently nutrient poor, the Nutrient Enhancement projects are critical to the survival of juvenile salmon and recovery of salmon populations


The goal of our Nutrient Enhancement projects are to maximize the availability of marine-derived nutrients (MDN) in the Columbia region, including Kalama, Toutle River System, Coweeman River, Lower Lewis, East Fork Lewis and Washougal River sub-basins. The need for Nutrient Enhancement using salmon carcasses has been well-established by numerous scientific studies that highlight the importance of nutrient input to the aquatic ecosystem. Salmon carcasses are the ideal delivery system for MDN, as they decay slowly, provide a direct carbon transfer to juvenile salmon rearing.


In conjunction with several partners including WDFW, Clark-Skamania Fly Fishers, Lower Columbia FlyFishers, Fish First and the Kalama Sportsman's Club, several thousand salmon carcasses per year will be placed into the Washougal, West Fork Washougal, North Fork Lewis, East Fork Lewis and Kalama River watersheds.

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