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Quinault Indian Nation Sovereignty over Lake Quinault affirmed

By • May 21st, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

A U.S. District Court judge has affirmed the Quinault Indian Nation’s sovereignty over Lake Quinault and thrown out a case questioning the tribe’s authority to manage the lake. “This quick and explicit ruling was never in doubt,” said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp in a statement. “As I said back in January, Lake Quinault is undisputedly within the Quinault Reservation. This was a meritless lawsuit. Lake …



News Tribune: Tacoma Power improves fish passage on North Fork Skokomish

By • May 19th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Tacoma News Tribune reported on the latest project of Tacoma Power’s hydroelectric program on the North Fork of the Skokomish River, as part of the 2009 settlement with the Skokomish Tribe.

While adjustments have made to the dams on the river to allow for improved fish passage, a natural feature called Little Falls, two miles downstream from Cushman Dam No. 2, was too steep for …



Keep Our Seafood Clean: Russ Hepfer explains why we need a strong rule

By • May 14th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Over at Keep Seafood Clean, you should read an essay by Lower Elwha vice-chair Russ Hepfer about why a strong water quality rule would protect all Washingtonians:

State government has wrestled for decades with updating the standards that are supposed to protect us from toxics in our water that end up in the food we eat. The more fish and shellfish we eat, the cleaner



King 5: Young eagle released after nearly drowning

By • May 12th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Nano Perez and Tom Friedrich were surveying the Nisqually River for spawning steelhead when they came upon a wounded bald eagle. The tribal staff members were on hand yesterday when the bird was released, healthy, back to the river.

From King 5:

The soon realized the beaver was a bird.

“Kind of hopping around – soaked – shivering – blood in it’s mouth,” said Perez.



New Alaskan tribal fish commission eyes experience of Boldt tribes

By • May 11th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Mark Trahant in Indian Country Today looks at the formation of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and how the tribes up there are drawing on the experience of tribes down here:

On May 8, 2015, 28 tribes on the Kuskokwim River started down another path, assuming co-management of fish in the river system by creating a Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. It’s modeled on the



“Sharing the burden”

By • May 6th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Carl Burke, a contract lobbyist working for Puget Sound Anglers and the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, made a strong statement about how his employers feel about the North of Falcon process during a recent state senate workshop yesterday.

Burke said:

The issue we have with the tribes occasionally, specifically in the North of Falcon, is when they refuse to share the burden of conservation with us



New Video: Puyallup Tribe releases 30,000 steelhead into the upper White River

By • Apr 29th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Late last week, the Puyallup Tribe released 30,000 steelhead into the upper White River.

This is an interesting hatchery program that is showing real results in saving a disappearing run of steelhead. We wrote more about it last year:

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is releasing young steelhead from an acclimation pond in the upper White River to help restore a weak run of the federally



Kitsap Sun: Suquamish Tribe taking lead on Blackjack Creek restoration

By • Apr 27th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Kitsap Sun reports that Suquamish Tribe has applied for a grant from Department of Ecology to update an overall assessment of the health of the Blackjack Creek watershed in Port Orchard.

From the story (subscription may be required):

The tribe Monday applied for a grant through the state Department of Ecology that would provide $150,000 for an updated assessment of wildlife, vegetation, soils and water



Return of the Fish Wars: Hatchery pits environmentalists against tribe

By • Apr 22nd, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Al Jazeera America posted up a new story today that shows how the Fish Wars from decades ago still echo in the battle over hatcheries, tribal fisheries management and salmon recovery:

In 1992, the tribe won a long battle to remove the dams and rehabilitate the entire watershed. The Lower Elwha and their federal partners — the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of



Sequim Gazette: Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe concerned about water supply for salmon

By • Apr 16th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe natural resources director Scott Chitwood spoke with the Sequim Gazette recently about the tribe’s concern for water supply and salmon this summer following 2014-15’s mild winter and low snowpack in the Olympic Mountains.

“We’re thinking about surface flows,” Scott Chitwood, natural resources director for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, said. “What influences groundwater influences surface flow and vice versa.” 

From Chitwood’s perspective, the main