Working the Watershed

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  Richard Manning's article "Working the Watershed" (HCN, 3/17/97) could easily have been titled "Overworking the Watershed." It described efforts to restore salmon fisheries and oyster beds to Willapa Bay, a part of southwestern Washington state that has been logged and logged and logged again. Now the neighboring, and similarly overworked, Chinook watershed is the subject of another restoration effort. The Chinook restoration is building on what's already in place: a salmon hatchery operated by a nonprofit organization named Sea Resources and the local school district. Until recently, Sea Resources used the hatchery to pump out fish and train youngsters to run hatcheries. Now, with help from the Portland nonprofit, Ecotrust, Sea Resources trains youngsters in the long-term art of watershed restoration.


The story is told in the booklet, Restoring the River: A Plan for the Chinook Watershed, by scientist T.C. Dewberry. For a copy, call Sea Resources at 360/777-8229 or send $5 to Sea Resources, P.O. Box 187, Chinook, WA 98614.


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