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You might call Barry Berejikian a steelhead stalker. He's working on an experiment to explain why so few steelhead are completing their journey to the Pacific Ocean.
Steelhead in the Columbia River Basin have dwindled to a fraction of the historic numbers a century ago. Two Northwest Indian Tribes are trying something new to help the fish survive.
local | Fish & Wildlife | NewsAug. 5, 2013 6:46 p.m.
Salmon and steelhead are spawning again upstream of the Soda Springs Dam, 60 miles or so east of Roseburg.
Steamboat Creek supports one of the last runs of wild summer steelhead in the Northwest. Fishermen and conservationists want to keep it that way.
There’s a large sign at the turn-off to Steamboat Creek on Oregon’s North Umpqua River near Roseburg. It’s worn and dirty and reads, “No angling or mining.” These rules are in place because Steamboat Creek supports one of the last runs of wild summer steelhead in the Northwest. Fishermen and conservationists want to keep it that way. They’re backing a bill in Congress that would ensure protections for these fish going forward, as Jes Burns of EarthFix explains.
Stream Management; The New River; Steelhead Fishing on the Deschutes
We'll hear about a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe a drug that helps reduce the effects of opioid overdoses. Then we'll get an update on Oregon's $50 a term community college program. Plus, a new study looks at the dramatic impact hatcheries have on the genes of steelhead trout.
In the early 2000s we visited Portland’s Reed College campus to look at what was then the beginning of an effort to bring salmon back to an urban stream. We returned this past summer to see how things have turned out. We find an urban creek that's now home to river otters, brook lamprey, steelhead and salmon.
Twenty sea lions have been killed in Oregon and Washington in the past two months. The deaths come at a time when sea lions have been at the center of an ecological controversy among wildlife advocates. Fishermen and sea lions compete for fishing stocks, which leads some to think that the slain sea lions were killed by fishermen wanting to weed out the competition. Sea lions are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and shooting them could lead to a $20,000 fine and a year in prison. There is, however, an exception to that law. Sea lions have been preying on endangered salmon and steelhead at Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River, and NOAA recently allowed for some of those chronic poachers to be killed. The Humane Society has attempted to block the kill order, saying that humans kill more fish than the sea lions do.
Think Out Loud is taping this show Thursday, January 26 at the Monument Senior Center. Doors open at 6:00 pm, the show begins at 6:30 pm and admission is free. If you're in the area, please join our live audience. As part of the "Our Town" series, we're traveling to Monument. This southeastern Oregon town on the John Day River has a population of 128, according the 2010 Census. That doesn't include people who live in outlying areas who are also part of the community. Ranching is the primary source of employment for people in Monument. This website devoted to the town describes it as a place where wildlife is plentiful:
Rocky mountain elk and mule deer are well know for coming down from the mountains and feeding in the local alfalfa fields and hay stacks. Steelhead spawn in the small creeks that feed into the John Day River, along with small mouth bass and trout. Occasionally, beavers, bald eagles, ospreys, badgers, rock chucks, geese, whooping cranes, antelopes, bobcats, cougars, coyotes and even a rattlesnake can be seen.Unlike many other towns of its size, Monument has its own school. Residents describe the school as the heart of their community. Because of its size, there are some noticeable differences between the Monument school and schools in more populated areas. For example, the superintendent is also the track coach and the substitute bus driver. The agriculture teacher says he depends on high school students to help him teach the younger grades, especially in the springtime when there's so much to do in the greenhouse and outdoors. People make all kinds of accommodations to live in a town like Monument. The closest doctor's office is 60 miles away in John Day. There's a small convenience store in town, but people do most of their grocery shopping elsewhere. One resident told us she drives to Bend — three or four hours away, depending on what route she takes — to shop at Costco once a month.