If You Fix It they Will Come - Fast!

By Ryck lydecker
drawing of a Chinook Salmon

Things are looking up — upstream, that is — for Puget Sound salmon. One example is a habitat restoration project started in 2006 that’s already spawning results. At the mouth of Washington’s Skokomish River, dikes and levees installed decades ago for agriculture blocked almost half the estuary, preventing spawning salmon from reaching their upstream habitat and pushing young salmon out to sea where they couldn’t grow as large as necessary to survive their long ocean migrations.

To restore the estuary, the Skokomish Indian Nation teamed up for a joint project with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Mason Conservation District to remove dikes across 300 acres of historical marsh, and simply let nature take its course.