Sandy River Hatchery Lawsuits ends in Wild Fish Victory

From Judge Haggerty: “It is undisputed that hatchery operations can pose a host of risks to wild fish…it is clear that the Sandy River Basin is of particular importance to the recovery of the four [Endangered Species Act] listed species and is an ecologically critical area.”  He said that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policies Act when it approved the State of Oregon’s management of the Sandy River Hatchery.”


Paddle Me IPA to benefit local watershed council

calapooia-paddle-me-ipaWe all like drinking beer, and now sipping local suds can help support local watershed restoration efforts thanks to a new partnership between the Calapooia Brewing Company of Albany and the Calapooia Watershed Council of Brownsville, a 501c3 non-governmental organization.  As part of the partnership, Calapooia Brewing will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of its Paddle Me IPA to support restoration work on the Calapooia River and community outreach about the value of local rivers around Albany.  “This is just a very organic partnership….  Our business branding and our personal recreation both center very heavily on Oregon’s Rivers.  We’ve been hosting the Watershed Council’s fundraiser for years now, and we decided it was time to step up and support these causes that benefit everything and everyone we care about in the Willamette Valley,” says brewery owner Laura Bryngelson.  The partnership is also working to organize river-centric events in Albany with the first event scheduled for summer 2014.

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Bauer Rogue Classic – A spey reel with incredible guts.

DSC_0242Bauer Reels are made locally in Ashland, Oregon by a small group of dedicated makers. They were the first to introduce the large arbor design you see on most modern fly reels and haven’t stopped being one of the best reels around. All reels now feature a carbon fiber composite disc drag that is smooth and reliable. The engagement is instant and has no start-up inertia as a result of there patented clutch system. The Rogue series reels also have a V machined into the arbor to store excess backing while still maintaining a large arbor for maximum line retrieval rate.  A recent addition to their lineup was the Rogue Classic, which features a non-ported back to properly balance spey and switch. They also happen to look incredibly sexy, especially in all black.

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Fish Passage vs the Bottom Line – EWEB Looks at Alternatives to $45 Million Fish Screen and Tunnel For Chinook


The Eugene Water & Electric Board figures it would be cheaper to stop using one of its McKenzie River hydropower dams to produce electricity than to carry out much of a salmon-related upgrade on the dam that’s mandated if the utility wants to keep the structure’s power turbines turning.

The good newsThe utility still would proceed with the second major piece of the fish passage project, building a $12 million fish ladder that salmon coming upriver would use in order to get around the dam and continue up the McKenzie. Complete story here from OPB EARTHFIX: [LINK]

Not only will fish passage help salmon, it would also improve connectivity between Upper Mckenzie bull trout and lower river bull trout. [LINK]

LIDAR mapping of the dam and reservoir: [LINK]