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Entries from November 2011

Budd/Deschutes Environmental Stewardship Coalition Update

November 15th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Budd/Deschutes Environmental Stewardship Coalition Update

UPDATE:  Lacey City Council unanimously passed a resolution to sign the MOU last night.  That means all have agreed and the signing ceremony on Nov. 29th is on. The Olympia City Council voted unanimously to approve signing the MOU forming the Budd/Deschutes Environmental Stewardship Coalition tonight.  The City of Yelm and the Squaxin Island Tribal […]

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Tags: habitat · Salmon · water mitigation · Water Quality

Relationship between new Deschutes Coalition and Capitol Lake

November 15th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Relationship between new Deschutes Coalition and Capitol Lake

A couple of people have inquired about how the new coalition between the cities and tribe will address Capitol Lake issues. Well, the short answer is it won’t — at least not in the near future. The fate of Capital Lake is an issue much larger than the coalition. The coalition has been set up […]

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Tags: Deschutes River Estuary

King 5 on the Deschutes Watershed Environmental Stewardship Coalition

November 15th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on King 5 on the Deschutes Watershed Environmental Stewardship Coalition

King 5: Farm deal clears Olympia water jam

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Tags: habitat · Salmon · water mitigation

New Deschutes Watershed Coalition Formed

November 14th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on New Deschutes Watershed Coalition Formed

  On-the-ground habitat restoration projects will be the focus of a new coalition to jumpstart salmon productivity in the Deschutes River watershed.  The Squaxin Island Tribe and the cities of Olympia, Lacey and Yelm are establishing the Deschutes Watershed Environmental Stewardship Coalition. “The Deschutes coalition will be an ongoing alliance to fund and conduct on-the-ground […]

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Tags: habitat · Salmon · water mitigation

2011 Squaxin Salmon Catches at a Glance

November 11th, 2011 by Joseph Peters · Comments Off on 2011 Squaxin Salmon Catches at a Glance

The Squaxin Island Tribes salmon fisheries started off slow but appear to be at or above recent year averages, with exception of coho. Our harvest of Chinook was above average at 7, 839.  Approximately 4,968 Chinook made it past our fishing efforts to Tumwater Falls Hatchery.  Tumwater Falls reached the needed egg take goal to […]

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Tags: Salmon

Ancient Clam Gardens and Deepwater Sand Lance Habitat

November 7th, 2011 by esparkman · Comments Off on Ancient Clam Gardens and Deepwater Sand Lance Habitat

Ancient clam gardens and deepwater sand lance habitats are just two of the many varied topics that were interesting at the biennial Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference held in Vancouver British Columbia this October.   Researchers fromSimonFraserUniversitylooked at the effectiveness of ancient shellfish gardens created onQuadraIslandinBritish Columbia.  In these gardens, first nations’ peoples cleared rocks and small […]

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Tags: habitat · Shellfish

Pesticides in Streams Harm Coho

November 7th, 2011 by Scott Steltzner · Comments Off on Pesticides in Streams Harm Coho

One of the talks at the recent Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference showed how common household pesticides that are considered safe individually are lethal to juvenile coho when they are combined. The author found that the mixing of chemicals was either additive or synergistic meaning that the pesticides reacted with each other to become far more […]

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Tags: Salmon

Excess Nutrients increase Ocean Acidification

November 4th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Excess Nutrients increase Ocean Acidification

Nutrient loading and its effects on the health of the Salish Sea was a topic covered from a variety of perspectives at the recent Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Vancouver, BC.  The most common threat from elevated nutrients is hypoxia, or dangerously low levels of dissolved oxygen as is found at times in Hood Canal. […]

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Tags: Salmon · Shellfish

2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

November 2nd, 2011 by Joseph Peters · Comments Off on 2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference  in beautiful Vancouver, BC with four of my fellow Squaxin NR colleagues. Throughout the three days I sat in on a number of breakout sessions and reviewed scientific posters that ranged in topics covering Estuary Science, Marine Survival of Salmon, Marine Mammals, and Traditional Foods […]

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Tags: Salmon