Join discussion on future of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery dam

February 7, 2012

By Staff

The public is invited to attend a free presentation, “It’s Time to Replace the Issaquah Hatchery Dam,” by Cleve Steward, senior fisheries scientist with AMEC Earth & Environmental Inc., and Kerry Ritland, surface water manager with the city of Issaquah.

The Feb. 15 talk will focus on plans to replace the existing dam and fish ladder that lies across Issaquah Creek upstream of the hatchery. The slide presentation will show schematics and diagrams of the proposed replacement for the dam and provide information about the effects the dam has on salmon recovery.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery presents this talk as the second in its quarterly educational seminar series focused on the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, salmon culture and environmental stewardship. The talk is open to the public and will take place in the Watershed Science Center, on the south side of the hatchery grounds along Newport Way. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

The dam was built to funnel Issaquah Creek water through the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, which opened in 1937. Issaquah Creek water is used in salmon culture at the hatchery so young salmon are imprinted with their home waters and will return to Issaquah Creek to complete their life cycle.

The dam, though state-of-the-art at the time of its design and construction, is out of date and impedes the passage of salmon that are allowed to bypass the hatchery from continuing their journey upstream to spawn.

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