Upper Columbia could see salmon return this fall

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GRAND COULEE – It has been 70 years since salmon were seen on the Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam. Plans are moving forward to restore the run thanks to efforts by the Colville Confederated Tribes.

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The Tribe’s director of Natural Resources, Cody Desautel says they plan to trap and haul the fish from the Tribe’s hatchery to the water above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams.

The Grand Coulee Dam was built between 1933 and 1941, it effectively blocked salmon from traveling to the upper reaches of the Columbia River. But Desautel said that could change early this fall. He said the plan hangs on one last federal permit from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.