Biologists, conservationists, anglers and others hailed the removing of Marmot Dam as a victory for imperiled native runs of Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead. The hope was that fish would profit from higher flows, higher water high quality and unrestricted entry to prime spawning grounds within the uppermost reaches of the river.
So has 10 years of a free-flowing Sandy River been good for fish?
The reply is an unqualified ‘sure’, in keeping with Todd Alsbury, ODFW district fish biologist for the Sandy, and one of many companions within the removing of Marmot Dam.
Now, for the previous three years, when different runs of salmon and steelhead across the area have been down, the Sandy has been seeing more and more sturdy returns; in some circumstances, double what they had been a decade in the past earlier than Marmot Dam was eliminated.
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