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Do you want more Spring chinook in the Willamette?

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Please just take a moment to help

The State of Oregon has an opportunity to secure the Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) Leaburg Hatchery on the McKenzie River. The Corps has announced that it plans to close the hatchery this summer as it shifts the current Leaburg production (trout and steelhead) to a private contractor. ODFW currently operates the hatchery for the Corps. The Corps has proposed a no-cost lease of the facility to ODFW, which could produce an additional 260,000 spring Chinook smolts and 100,000 trophy trout if ODFW can secure the necessary state funding.

CCA Oregon is working with Senators Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) and Fred Girod (R-Stayton) to secure an additional $350,000 in supplemental funding for ODFW to operate the facility through next June. This state funding would be combined with $150,000 of Columbia River Basin Endorsement funds paid by sports anglers to enhance recreational fisheries and implement the Columbia River reforms.

This is a tremendous opportunity to secure an additional state hatchery (the state hasn't built a new hatchery in over 40 years) AND increase spring Chinook hatchery production to benefit sport fisheries stretching throughout the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Meanwhile, the enhanced production of trophy trout would represent a 20 percent increase in the total Willamette Valley releases of trout, a major boost to sportfishing opportunity and local economies.

We can't afford to let this hatchery go or miss this real opportunity to increase Willamette River basin hatchery production. Please act now to contact your legislators in support of this funding - here's what you can do:

Click here (https://www.votervoice.net/mobile/CCAPNW/1/campaigns/56989/respond) to send your state legislators a pre-drafted email, which you can personalize to increase its effectiveness. Let them know why it matters to you!
Call your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to save the Leaburg Hatchery and provide a low-cost boost to Oregon sport fisheries with $350,000 in supplemental budget funding! You can look up their contact information at the following link.
Share this email with all your friends and ask them to do the same.

Let's get this done!

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Thanks for the heads up Bruce. Letter sent.

Visited that hatchery many times, always thought it was ODFW's; didn't realize they were just operating it as a contractor for the Corps. Question: I thought the springer production was at a separate McKenzie R hatchery further downriver near Greenwood ~ so if they start up production of springers at Leaburg, what happens to the other hatchery's springer output? Is it simply added on (would seem almost too good to be true) or will it essentially be just shifted from one facility to the other and consolidated in a single location? Seems like it might spell the end for the 2nd McKenzie hatchery? I dunno, just thinking out loud...
Great opportunity. Spread the word !

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Spring chinook production at the McKenzie hatchery will not be effected.

Leaburg has been a trout hatchery. And will be. But will now be used for spring chinook production as well.
This is a great opportunity,let's get on it folks, thank you CCA and all involved. Every fisherperson should belong to CCA.
good but what i want is for more fish to be able to go up past the falls and spawn in better water without predators.
good but what i want is for more fish to be able to go up past the falls and spawn in better water without predators.
Working on that too. We will be testifying in Salem in the House Ag and Natural Resources Committee next Tuesday at 9 am. That鈥檚 another alert for another day. Lots going on.

Just one of many steps we have taken to gain control of the sea lion disaster on the Willamette and our other rivers.
Clarification. There are currently 108,000 summer steelhead produced at Leaburg. That production will NOT be lost.
Done, Thanks Bruce
Done. Thanks for sharing.

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I sent mine in. Thank you for the alert and making it easy to send that to the appropriate people.
Done, I sure would like to see 260,000 more Springers in the Willamette System.:meme::applause:

Thank you for the work you do, Kerry
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