It's gonna happen.
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Clark Fork, Missouri, Clearwater, Central PA springs, Lycoming Creek is home.
Scientists seem to be focusing on two factors: awful conditions for outmigration and high ocean temperatures. Right on, Marty. Time for the 4 dams on the Snake to go. It makes no sense that we spend millions of dollars to try and get juvenile fish around these dams. Last year, because of how early our runoff happened, they actually missed most of the smolts, because the barging program started too late.
As of now, numbers were a little better for outmigration this year, slightly below average, so hopefully the one-salt return is better next year.
Not just the steelhead though. Sockeye numbers were once again terrible, I think something like 25% of average. ID Sockeye are going to be extinct soon if nothing changes. Those reservoirs are death traps for smolts. The numbers drop substantially with each dam.
"Science is magic that works." - Kurt Vonnegut