Salmon Reintroduction

Learn what you can do to assist in the reintroduction of salmon to the Upper Columbia

Salmon reintroduction and obstacles

After the construction of Grand Coulee Dam in the US, the Columbia River was heavily developed upstream with more large dams built under the Columbia River Treaty for the purposes of power generation and flood control.

Because salmon were already extirpated, provisions to provide fish passage were not considered at the time.

The river is now a very different place than the salmon evolved in. Fish passage, coordinated habitat recovery as well as altered reservoir operations will be required to provide a suitable environment for salmon again.

How can you help?

Salmon are resilient beings. Given the chance, they can recover to their former abundance. Traditional Indigenous knowledge, new technologies and scientific understanding of salmon have helped recover salmon stocks in areas that were on the brink of extinction.

No restoration project has ever been attempted on a habitat as large or as altered as the upper Columbia River. This is a process that will require time, hard work and the devotion of many people.

Take Action!

  • Contribute to a local watershed stewardship group devoted to restoring habitat in the Columbia Basin
  • Speak up about your wish to see salmon reintroduced to the upper Columbia River
  • Contact your local government, MP, MLA representatives and spread the word to your family and friends
  • Get regular e-news updates through the Indigenous-led Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative. Learn more about these issues and how you can get involved by visiting ColumbiaRiverSalmon.ca