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I thought the window in time to release steelhead smolts was April. If the lawsuits drag on, the smolts will lose their instinct to migrate, and the Umpqua will get low and warm.

Those smolts need to be released ASAP.
Especially with the recent gift of added runoff this spring, seems like the conditions are extra prime for flushing them downstream as nature/ODFW intended...
 

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As of 5/3/22
Take away quote …..
When it comes to hatchery fish in our rivers this is the first act of a four act play.

In essence be prepared to fight additional fights.


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I suppose this has a relation of some sorts?
At least it should be a part of the agenda?
More people to communicate with?
I dunno, hoping for the best down there......

Fish Passage Task Force meets in the Umpqua Basin May 19-20, 2022
Thursday, May 12, 2022

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon's Fish Passage Task Force meets Thursday and Friday, May 19-20 in the North Umpqua River Basin.

On May 19, the task force will visit multiple sites in the field. The May 20 meeting is open to the public and will be held at the PacifiCorp North Umpqua Toketee Control Facility, 7200 Toketee School Road. The meeting begins at 8:00am and is expected to conclude by approximately 1:15 pm. Members of the public who are interested in viewing and participating in the meeting can virtually access it at Click here to join the meeting virtually.

The agenda includes numerous Fish Passage Program updates which include Task Force Member Elections and Updates, Drought Funds, Environmental Restoration Weir Program, ODFW Fish Passage Rule Revision Initiative Update, Previously Issued Exemption Reviews, and an update on a Winchester Dam Maintenance Project proposal.

Public participation is encouraged, and you must pre-register to provide verbal testimony by registering before 9:00 a.m. Wednesday May 17, a minimum of 48 hour prior to the meeting. Public comments will be heard at 12:30 p.m. during the meeting. Written comments will be accepted and are encouraged.

When registering to speak, please provide your first and last name, which agenda item you wish to speak to, and a valid email address and phone number. Two ways to register to speak during the meeting include: 1) send an email to [email protected]; the information listed above must be provided in your email, 2) call ODFW at 503-931-4361 and provide the information identified above. You do not need to pre-register to provide written comment.

The nine-member Task Force meets regularly to advise ODFW and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on fish passage policies and issues. Task Force members represent water users and owners-operators, fisheries and conservation interests, and the general public-at-large. The draft meeting agenda and additional information on the Task Force and the ODFW Fish Passage Program is available on the ODFW fish passage website or by contacting Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program Coordinator, at 503- 947-6228 or [email protected].

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the Information and Education Division at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6002 at least 48-hours in advance of the meeting. For additional information, contact Greg Apke.
 

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chairwoman Wahl was asked if she had a hunting or fishing license. She said no. Never has and never will. What compounds the problem is that she represents the south coast. She owns property on the south coast but lives in Portland. That is a far reach for the requirements of her position.
 

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It will be interesting to see how this actually works out. The news release says:

"approximately 70,000 hatchery summer steelhead smolts are being "volitionally released" (meaning leave the raceway on their own). Any smolts that do not migrate out of the raceway will be transported outside the range of summer steelhead rearing habitat to minimize risk of competition to wild juvenile summer steelhead in the river. Volitional releases have been standard practice with summer steelhead at Rock Creek Hatchery "

The question is will the fish still have the urge to leave the raceway on their own since this is a month or so later than these fish would normally migrate. The fish that do not migrate will be hauled to a lake or reservoir where they cannot interact with wild steelhead. The statement saying it is standard practice to do volitional release these fish is correct, but terribly misleading since it leaves out that the standard practice is to do volitional releases when the fish actually want to migrate rather than a month later.
 
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