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Restored, opened habitat leads to record run of coho from Goldsborough Creek

SHELTON – A combination of dam removal and aggressive habitat restoration has meant record runs of juvenile coho salmon in Goldsborough Creek for 2015. This year’s run of 113,000 juveniles counted by the Squaxin Island Tribe continues a strong trend of increasing the number of juvenile coho leaving the Goldsborough watershed. The previous record was […]

Chief Kitsap Academy students build water sensor computers

Using wires, computer chips, batteries, PVC piping, duct tape and glue, a group of students at Chief Kitsap Academy gathered data about water quality in their backyard this spring. Working with the University of Washington, a group of nine high school students in Karen Matsumoto’s marine biology class constructed small computers with temperature probes to […]

Lummi Nation Raises Next Generation of Stewards

From elementary school through young adulthood, Lummi Nation youth are learning about the natural resources that sustain their culture. Lummi Nation School students from kindergarten through sixth grade are planting ocean spray shrubs beside the Wex’lium community longhouse. Known in the tribal language as tsingenilhch, the ironwood is fire-resistant when cut into the sticks used […]

How a Hot Summer Could Be Deadly for Salmon

After a winter of record low snowfall and Gov. Jay Inslee’s May declaration of a statewide drought, treaty tribes in western Washington are concerned about high water temperatures, low flows and pre-spawn mortality in returning salmon. “This drought will have catastrophic, far-reaching effects for many years to come,” said Scott Schuyler, natural resources director for […]