Pacific lamprey are hardy creatures — they have been found in fossil records more than 400 million years old — but in recent years their numbers in the Methow River watershed have dropped by 90 percent. Hoping the fish will spawn here in the spring and begin to reestablish the population, biologists with Yakama Nation …
A project to improve critically designated habitat for bull trout in Goat Creek is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of October. Work will occur on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest below the Goat Creek culvert referred to as “Vanderpool Crossing,” between river miles 6.7 and 7.6. The work is intended to […]
By Ann McCreary
A meandering channel of water, interspersed with small pools and littered with a jumble of tree trunks and limbs, now runs parallel to the Methow River just north of Twisp. The newly established channel winds its way among trees along the hillside west of Highway 20, then bends toward the Methow River and flows under the bridge just north of Twisp, emptying into the river.
By Ann McCreary Work is underway on restoring a historic side channel of the Methow River, which will provide salmon habitat when it is completed this fall. Crews have been excavating the lower end of the side channel to create a downstream connection to the Methow River. The channel passes under a bridge over Highway […]
Proposals for four river-restoration projects intended to improve conditions for endangered and threatened salmon in the Methow Valley have been submitted to Okanogan County for environmental review or permit exemptions. Yakama Nation Fisheries is working on a project that would enhance fish habitat on the Twisp River. The project involves the construction of three engineered […]
By Marcy Stamper
Survey says: A new law limiting liability for owners of riverfront property who allow habitat projects to be built on their land has not had a major impact on these projects.