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Entries from June 2009

Weyerhaeuser Publishes Turbidity Data from the Deschutes River

June 30th, 2009 by jkonovsky · No Comments

Weyerhaeuser published a report in June 2009 in the Journal of American Water Resources Association (Volume 45, Number 3, Pages 793-808) detailing 30 years of turbidity data collected in the upper reaches of the Deschutes (WA) Watershed.  To my knowledge, it is the longest water quality study on private forestlands in the Pacific Northwest. In the mainstem […]

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Tags: Water Quality

Deschutes Watershed Tour

June 26th, 2009 by jkonovsky · No Comments

I toured the Deschutes Watershed on June 4th with 17 other members of the Deschutes Advisory Group.  The group is charged with implementing measures to address water quality issues identified in the DOE TMDL technical report. One highlight of the tour was stopping at the mouth of Huckleberry Creek not far downstream from the upper Deschutes […]

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Tags: habitat · Water Quality

Squaxin Island Tribe Annual Commercial Fishing Regulation Package

June 25th, 2009 by Joseph Peters · No Comments

On Wednesday June 24th, 2009 the Squaxin Island Tribal Council approved the Annual Chinook/Coho/Chum Commercial Fishing Regulation package. Changes to the 2009 Annual Fishing Regulations include: Page 5&6—–’09 Annual Regulations/Chinook Regulations- Section III. F. Legal Gear-   defined Set Gillnet, Drift Gillnet and Beach Seine. G. Illegal Gear- defined Purse Seine. Page 3—–2009/2010 Coho and Chum […]

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Tags: Salmon

Video of clam growth tracking project

June 24th, 2009 by eoconnell · No Comments

Two new videos of the tribe’s shellfish growth tracking project are posted here. Tribal biologists are numbering clams with tiny numbered red tags and by simply writing on them.  Clam growth is typically measured by randomly surveying clams on a beach, but that technique isn’t very exact. You can also hear about the project here.

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Tags: Shellfish

Squaxin Island Tribe Begins Shellfish Surveys in Vaughn Bay

June 9th, 2009 by rbrown · No Comments

Squaxin Island Tribe’s shellfish department will begin clam population surveys in Vaughn Bay, Pierce County this week. The surveys will occur on privately owned tidelands within the bay. This area had previously been closed to commercial shellfish harvest due to water quality problems, but has recently been upgraded to approved status. Approximately sixty parcels have […]

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Tags: Shellfish