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Wild Fish Runs

January 2004

News and Updates from Washington Trout

 

In This Issue:

 

Coming Soon – Winter 2003/2004 Washington Trout Report

 

Habitat Restoration, Research, and Program Development

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Out in the Field…

Engineered Log Jam Project Awarded WDFW Cooperative Project Funds

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Crockett Lake Restoration Feasibility Study

 

Habitat Lost & Found

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Snoqualmie Valley Septage Spills

 

Wild Salmon Recovery Initiative

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Early-run Lake Sammamish Kokanee Declared Extinct

 

Education & Outreach

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Comments on King County Comprehensive Plan due January 30th

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Puget Sound Oil Spill at Point Wells

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NMFS Ordered to Rethink Orca Listing Decision

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Clean Water Act Protected – Administration Will Not Issue Proposed Rulemaking

 

Events & Volunteer Opportunities

2004 Washington Trout Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction

Community Networking Announcement – Join the Snoqualmie Conservation Corps

 

Staff Updates

Elliot Drucker Joins WT Staff

 

Other News

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Recently Reduced – 16’ Don Hill Wood Drift Boat For Sale

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Shop the WT Store and Support Salmon Recovery

 

 

Wild Fish Runs is a bi-monthly publication for WT members and supporters to provide program updates and networking assistance. WT is a conservation-ecology organization dedicated to the preservation and recovery of Washington’s wild fish and the habitat they depend on. Since 1989, WT has sought to improve conditions for all of Washington’s wild fish through research, advocacy, and habitat restoration. Washington Trout is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

 

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COMING SOON – WINTER 2003/2004 WASHINGTON TROUT REPORT:

The Winter 2003/2004 edition of The Washington Trout Report will be hitting mailboxes soon. The Washington Trout Report contains project updates and the following feature articles:

The Washington Trout Report is for WT members. If you would like to receive this in-depth publication  and are not a member of Washington Trout or your membership has lapsed, please join or renew today by contacting us at (425) 788-1167 or wildfish@washingtontrout.org.

 

 

RESEARCH AND RESTORATION:

 

Out in the Field…

Washington Trout field crews are unusually busy this season. Coho pre-spawning mortality surveys throughout the Snohomish are continuing to document late-runs of coho entering some of the tributaries to the Snoqualmie and Skykomish. WT spawning surveyors on the Seattle urban streams are experiencing the transition from spawning coho salmon to spawning cutthroat trout. WT field crews are preparing for a fish passage inventory and assessment on two Island County watersheds, and collecting baseline data to aid in the design and permitting of restoration efforts in the Dosewallips River estuary. WT GIS Specialist Joseph Yacker is putting the finishing touches on the interactive web-based GIS report for the large water-typing project Washington Trout performed during late-Spring 2003. Please visit Washington Trout’s website, www.washingtontrout.org, for updates on these and other ongoing research and restoration efforts.

 

Engineered Log Jam (ELJ) Project Awarded WDFW Cooperative Project Funds

Since 1998, WT and its partners have developed and implemented an ongoing program to monitor the physical and biological performance of eight Engineered Log Jams (ELJ’s) placed in the North Fork Stillaguamish. The ELJ monitoring program includes annual snorkeling, wood budget, cross-sections, habitat, videography and revegetation surveys. One objective of the project is to evaluate ELJ technology and performance relative to increased holding pool habitat and woody debris management options. The results of the ELJ monitoring will be essential in evaluating the success of additional ELJ installations being planned across the Northwest and will create an effective monitoring model for other areas. 

In 1997, 1998, and 1999 Washington Trout and its partners collected information on the characteristics of naturally occurring wood within the project reach and wood that had been tagged and measured in each of the eight constructed ELJs. Post- construction surveys conducted from 1999-2001 included wood reconnaissance within and downstream of the project reach along with wood tallies of each constructed ELJ. These data have been utilized to construct a wood budget for the North Fork Stillaguamish project and have significantly contributed to the understanding of wood-debris dynamics in fluvial systems. During the wood budget inventories, however,not every log that was relocated downstream was visually identified from one year to the next. Some logs found in one year were not found in subsequent surveys. The extent to which missing logs affect our data is not known; currently it is not possible to know how many logs are missed during the reconnaissance survey or where the missing logs go. Thanks to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) this problem may soon be resolved.

 

Jam #6, photo taken August 2002

 

WT has been awarded WDFW Cooperative Project funds to purchase radio transmitters for the wood budget monitoring. These transmitters will be inserted into transported tagged logs by volunteer Frank Staller working with WT. Staller will also be assisting with the monitoring of the transported wood. This type of research will aid in answering questions about missing tagged logs, fish habitat, river morphology, and river processes. Ultimately this information may one day be utilized to create a wood transport model to reduce concerns regarding the effects of wood debris on public and private property wood accumulations or on river rafting safety, and aid in the identification of best management options for ELJ placement.

Washington Trout’s partners on this project are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service, Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Snohomish County, Stillaguamish Task Force, Stillaguamish Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Fourth Corner Fly Fishers, and University of Washington.

 

This series of photos shows a timeline at Jam #2 of how the ELJs are designed to be

part of a dynamic system by recruiting and shedding LWD.

The bottom photo was taken November 2001.

 

 

Crockett Lake Restoration Feasibility Study

This spring Washington Trout will apply to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for a grant to conduct a feasibility study for the restoration of Crockett Lake, a large wetland system, 600-700 acres in size, on Whidbey Island. Crockett Lake is an extensive salt marsh complex that is separated from Admiralty Bay by Keystone Spit. Tidal salt marshes are extremely productive habitats, and as the estuaries of the major Puget Sound rivers are degraded, “pocket” estuaries such as Crockett Lake are being recognized for their important role as non-natal rearing habitats for juvenile salmon. Currently, fish access to Crockett Lake is blocked by a culvert and broken tide gate that flows into Keystone Harbor. Washington Trout’s proposed feasibility study will look at the potential effects of establishing open exchange of salt water between Crockett Lake and Admiralty Bay, and will also examine current fish use of a similar, but naturally functioning salt marsh on Whidbey Island, Lake Hancock.

 

 

The western edge of Keystone Spit has been dredged to form Keystone Harbor, where the current Port Townsend-Keystone Ferry terminal is located. Washington State Ferries (WSF) is beginning an environmental review process to examine potential alternatives for improving the Keystone terminal. Alternatives include two sites for a new terminal on Keystone Spit, or expanding Keystone Harbor to accommodate a larger class of ferry vessels. Washington Trout is providing input to WSF during their scoping comment period to ensure that WSF examines all of the potential environmental effects of their project, and WSF has pledged to share data generated in their environmental review process with Washington Trout’s restoration scientists.

 

Mudflats and salt marsh vegetation at the fringe of Crockett Lake

 

 

HABITAT LOST & FOUND:

 

Snoqualmie Valley Septage Spills

Last fall, the area around the lower Snoqualmie Valley was plagued by a series of mysterious septage spills that threatened fish habitats and public health. In October, WT responded to a report from a resident of King County just outside the Duvall city limits of a large spill of septage on Mountain View Rd, on a steep embankment the drains into North Fork Cherry Creek, a salmon-bearing stream. Septage is the material pumped from septic tanks, composed largely of untreated human waste. Apparently a septage truck, never identified, had either lost or discharged several hundred gallons of its load onto the road.

            The resident had reported the spill to King County, but had received unsatisfactory response, prompting her call to WT.  The county road department had responded initially, but had only removed the spill from the road surface, and had merely moved much of the material onto the steep slope less than 100 feet above the creek, threatening the water quality of the creek, and potentially of wells downstream. The county health department had not responded at all. Even with pressure from Washington Trout, no county crews attempted to fully remove or contain the spill for nearly five days. It took numerous calls over several days to various county and state agencies to elicit a satisfactory response.  The KC Health Dept never responded to the scene. The soils and water exposed to the spill were never tested or monitored, and downstream residents were never notified of the potential risks.

 

Dumped septage material on steep slope above creek

 

            Several days later, another spill occurred across the valley in an area off Novelty Hill Rd. Perhaps due to media attention and pressure from WT regarding the original spill, response was more timely. The causes and sources of the spills remain unknown.

            While the occurrence of these apparently illegal dumpings is troubling, WT is more concerned over the poor agency response to these ecological and public-health threats. We believe that protocols and coordination between agencies responsible for responding to these types of emergencies needs to be improved. We are particularly concerned about the lack of clear procedures for immediately assessing, responding to, and notifying the public about potential ecological and health risks.

            Under the Habitat Lost & Found Response Program, Washington Trout will continue to analyze and monitor agency policies and procedures regarding these issues, and make recommendations as appropriate to improve the response performance of the local, county, state, and federal agencies charged with protecting public resources and health.

 

 
WILD SALMON RECOVERY INITIATIVE:
 
Early-run Lake Sammamish Kokanee Declared Extinct

On November 7, 2003, King County announced that the early-run kokanee population in the Lake Sammamish basin had become extinct. The County based this declaration on information from 2000-2002 spawning surveys and preliminary 2003 summer surveys. No spawners had been seen since the summer of 2000, and even then only two were seen.

Kokanee salmon are genetically related to sockeye salmon. But unlike anadromous sockeye which migrate from freshwater to the ocean and back, kokanee are purely freshwater fish – they hatch in creeks, migrate to larger lakes, and then return to their natal creek where they spawn and die. Early-run Lake Sammamishkokanee spawned only in Issaquah Creek, the lake’s largest tributary, from August to early September in numbers as high as 1,016 as late as1982. In 1983, the spawning run plummeted to ten fish, and never rose above 70 again.

In March 2000, Washington Trout partnered with Save Lake Sammamish and other environmental organizations to file a formal petition asking the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list Lake Sammamish early-run kokanee as Endangered. USFWS never responded to the petition. Citing budget constraints, the service declared a moratorium on all new listings in November 2000. No actions were taken to protect these fish by any federal, state, or county agency, and over three years after our petition was filed, early-run Lake Sammamish kokanee were declared extinct.

Summer-spawning populations of these fresh-water sockeye are extremely rare. The loss of this small, relatively unknown fish will have no impact on commercial or recreational fishing nor was it well known by the general public or even by most residents of the Lake Sammamish Basin. The role these fish played in the ecological health of the region will now likely never be fully understood and the cost of their loss may not be clear for some time. King County appears to now be calling on USFWS to protect the remaining fall-spawning kokanee in Lake Sammamish.

“We’re certainly disappointed that USFWS did not take timely action on our listing petition,” stated WT Executive Director Kurt Beardslee. “We are now urging King County not to wait for federal action before taking the kinds of interim steps to protect fall kokanee that it should have taken to protect the summer-run population.”

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was originally passed by Congress in December of 1973 as a landmark piece of environmental protection legislation with the goal to protect and restore endangered species, threatened species, and their critical habitat. An endangered species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, while a threatened species is likely to become endangered in the near future.

Since its inception, 1260 US species of plants and animals have been listed as Endangered or Threatened under the ESA, 1017 species have approved recovery plans, 450 species have designated critical habitat, and 435 Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) have been approved. On the other hand, over 630 species have gone extinct in North America, 235 are waiting on the Candidate list or for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to respond to citizen-initiated listing petitions, and approximately 146 species have gone extinct while waiting for a listing decision. That number is based on findings from the Center for Biological Diversity, who have created a database that cross-references all extinct species in the US, species on the USFWS Candidate List, and all ESA listing petitions.

 

 

EDUCATION & OUTREACH:

 

Comments on the King County Comprehensive Plan due January 30th

Through January 30th, King County is accepting public comments on proposed Revisions to the Comprehensive Plan. Washington Trout is concerned about specific revisions in the Agriculture Subsection C of Chapter Three, “Rural Legacy and Natural Resource Lands.”

In general, the revisions would unnecessarily and prohibitively restrict the ability of the county and other landholders, stakeholders, and the interested public to appropriately accommodate the conservation and recovery needs of ESA-listed Puget Sound chinook and other declining salmonids within the Agricultural Production Districts or APDs. The types of aquatic and riparian habitats that could be potentially preserved or restored within the APDs have been identified as among the highest priority types relative to the recovery needs of Threatened PS chinook. The Snoqualmie River chinook population will likely form part of the foundation for recovery planning in Puget Sound; the river’s mainstem and floodplain, critical habitats for adult and juvenile chinook, are entirely within the Snoqualmie Valley APD. Conditions in the Snoqualmie mainstem will obviously influence the health of wild-fish populations in the Tolt Basin.

The revisions to Agriculture Subsection C raise serious concerns over the future of restoration projects within the APDs. Language in the revisions would limit mitigation and restoration projects within the APDs to areas with poor soils or otherwise “unsuitable” for agriculture, essentially eliminating the opportunity to restore riparian habitats and/or reestablish floodplain functions within the APDs. The revisions also appear to limit restoration and protection measures to areas within the banks of rivers and streams in the APDs. This would likely make it impossible to restore critical salmon habitats in the floodplains of large mainstem rivers in King County to the level required to restore Threatened Puget Sound chinook and other declining wild-fish species. In some cases, these revisions would produce situations out of compliance with Endangered Species Act requirements.

In one area, the proposed revision strikes language that the protection of fish habitats within the APDs is likely to be “required under the Endangered Species Act” and replaces it with language that those protections will only be “recommended” by unnamed regional entities. The policies contemplated by these revisions would not only likely conflict with King County’s responsibilities under the ESA, but appear to be wholly incompatible with the recommendations of several regional recovery-planning entities including the Snohomish Basin Salmonid Recovery Technical Committee (which included representatives of King County), the Salmon Recovery Funding Board review process, and the regional Shared Strategy process for PS chinook recovery and ESA compliance. Participating in the SRFB review-process, King County has recommended for funding the types of projects that would be limited under the proposed revisions, and limited in precisely the areas that have been identified as providing the highest potential for contributing to the recovery of listed PS chinook.

We encourage interested public to submit comments to the county on the proposed revisions. You can review the Comprehensive Plan and proposed revisions on the King County website at: http://www.metrokc.gov/ddes/compplan/2004/PubRevDraft/index.htm. Washington Trout’s draft comments on the proposed revisions are available at www.washingtontrout.org.

Comments are due January 30th and can be emailed to compplan@metrokc.gov or mailed to: Dept. of Development & Environmental Services, ATTN: Paul Reitenbach, 900 Oakesdale Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98055-1219. Thank you for taking action to protect salmon-recovery efforts throughout King County.

 

Puget Sound Oil Spill at Point Wells

Early in the morning on Tuesday, December 30th, 6000 gallons of oil spilled at the Chevron-Texaco Point Wells Terminal near Edmonds. The spill occurred as the intermediate to heavy fuel oil was being loaded into Foss Maritime’s tank barge 248-P2. While 1200 gallons were recovered from the barge deck, 4800 gallons entered the water affecting 105 square miles of water primarily in the Port Madison area and shoreline from Point Jefferson to Indianola. Washington Trout’s primary questions regarding the incident center around how the oil spill happened in the first place. What was the mechanism or protocol that broke down? Is there going to be a fine or change in fueling methodology? What sort of pro-active measures could have been taken to prevent this from occurring?

For several days following the spill, the main source of news regarding the incident and subsequent efforts was the Joint Information Center. Washington Trout called the Joint Information Center on January 2nd and were told that the investigation into the cause of the spill was being led by the US Coast Guard and would take some time to finish. Furthermore, there were three main operations going on at that time – an environmental assessment of the oil spill’s impact, cleanup and recovery operations, and the investigation. While the Joint Information Center was closed on January 5th, WT will continue to pursue answers to questions about the cause of the spill and what measures will be taken because of it.

While the investigation is ongoing, a general sequence of events has been established. There were three workers at the Port Wells facility when the spill occurred. The barge operator had left the fuel loading site to do paperwork in an office when a tank overfilled. Alarms went off and the fuel pipe was quickly shut down. The barge can hold 1.3 million gallons of fuel and loads at a rate of 3,500 gallons per minute. Foss Maritime spokesman Joe Langiahr claimed that refueling lines are too wide to have automatic shut-off valves and the company complies with all state regulations. However, the call for more stringent environmental protections is coming from environmentalists and lawmakers alike, including implementing pro-active measures such as requiring containment booms during all fuel transfers on the Sound.

Companies are not currently required to use protective booms during transfers, but must be able to have them in place within one hour. Foss says the boom was in the water within 15 minutes. While the practice of pre-booming is standard in California and Alaska, it is only done on a voluntary basis at a handful of Washington’s commercial facilities. It costs time and money to pre-boom and according to industry claims can be ineffective in areas where there are strong daily currents or winds. Despite the possible limitations of pre-booming, proponents maintain that it could have made a difference during the December 30th spill and that companies which pre-boom have better responses during emergency drills. State Rep. Mike Cooper, D-Edmonds, is expected to propose legislation that would make pre-booming mandatory.

Nearly 250 people and 24 vessels responded to recover oil from the water and protect shorelines and sensitive areas. Cleanup crews used sorbent booms and “pom-poms”, a type of plastic clean-up boom that absorbs oil and looks like cheerleading pom-poms. Relatively few animals have been recovered from the spill, although one seal pup and three birds have died during recovery efforts. Concerns have also been raised about the resident orca population and whether any of the adults or calves were exposed to the spill. Foss Maritime is paying cleanup costs which have already exceeded $1 million and will likely keep rising.

One of the habitats impacted by the oil spill is the Doe-Kag-Wats estuary, a pristine reserve with nearly 400 acres of wetlands on the Kitsap Peninsula owned by the Suquamish Tribe. Some of the oil contained by the floating booms escaped and with the aid of high winds and tides, made its way across the sound to the estuary reserve. Doe-Kag-Wats was a favorite tribal clam-digging location and is home for Dungeness crabs and several types of clams, a spawning ground for herring in January, rearing ground for juvenile salmonids and other fish, and a refuge for various shorebirds. The Department of Ecology had considered the estuary one of the largest undisturbed coastal wetlands in Washington.

Organizations involved in the recovery and investigation include the US Coast Guard, WA Dept of Ecology, Foss Maritime Company, Chevron Texaco Corporation, National Response Corporation, Marine Spill Response Corporation, Clean Sound Cooperative, Global Diving and Salvage, WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Suquamish Tribe, International Bird Rescue and Research Center, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

More information about the spill can be found on the WA Dept of Ecology’s website at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/incidents/fosspointwells/fosspointwellsbase.htm.  

 

NMFS Ordered to Rethink Orca Listing Decision

On December 17, 2003, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik overturned a July 2002 National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS) decision not to list Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas under the Endangered Species Act. Lasnik found that NMFS was not using the “best available science” when it determined that the southern resident orcas were not a “distinct” population. A federal review team had found that the orcas have a relatively high risk of extinction but apparently could not decide whether the southern residents were a distinct population. So NMFS based their decision on 250-year-old data and Carl Linnaeus’s 1758 assertion that there is only species of orca. This goes against current marine science which holds that there are at least three species of orcas in the North Pacific alone. Classification as a distinct population is a critical precursor for the southern residents to be listed under the ESA. Judge Lasnik gave NMFS one year for re-examination and to issue a new decision.

NMFS had been working towards listing the orcas under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which protects animals from direct harm or death, but lacks the teeth of the Endangered Species Act. In addition to protecting against harm, death, or “take” of an endangered species, the ESA also requires habitat protection and gives citizens the right to file lawsuits to force the government to protect endangered species. Plaintiffs People for Puget Sound and the Center for Biological Diversity are hailing the decision as a victory for Puget Sound orcas. If orcas are listed under the ESA, the impact could spread across Puget Sound from habitat protections for the whales and the fish they eat to pollution control, development, ship traffic, and even additional money for whale research. While Washington Trout does not conduct advocacy or other work for Puget Sound orca populations, this ruling and NMFS’s response may potentially impact ocean habitat protections for wild salmon, which are a favorite food of the resident orcas. For more information and links to several articles written about the decision and its likely impacts, visit our website at www.washingtontrout.org.

 

Clean Water Act Protected – Administration Will Not Issue Proposed Rulemaking

            On December 16th, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt announced that the Bush Administration would not issue a new rule revising definitions in the Clean Water Act that would effectively remove millions of acres of wetlands and millions of miles of streams from its protection. The administration was urged not to move forward by a majority of states, 218 members of the House of Representatives, many conservation and recreation organizations, and 133,000 citizen comments.

            The catalyst for the proposed rulemaking was a 2001 Supreme Court ruling in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County vs. the US Army Corps of Engineers, or SWANCC. In the SWANCC decision, the court ruled that the presence of migratory birds alone was not enough to assert a basis for CWA jurisdiction for an isolated wetland. The Bush Administration built upon that decision and on January 10th, 2003 announced the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) and issued a guidance to field staff with the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to cease applying CWA protections to an estimated 20 million acres of wetlands in the lower 48 states. In order to provide protections for those wetlands, crews have to request a special permit from Washington DC.

The rulemaking would have called into question the definition of “waters of the United States,” which is the language used in the CWA to determine what waters fall beneath its jurisdiction. It had the potential for removing Clean Water Act protection from tributaries to navigable waters, waters that flow for some length through manmade structures such as ditches or pipes, adjacent wetlands, and additional types of waters. It was estimated that 20 million acres of wetlands, which is 20% of US wetlands outside of Alaska, would have lost protection under the proposed rule. EPA Administrator Leavitt said the decision to abandon the proposed rulemaking was because of his commitment to “no net loss” in US wetlands.

            The fight to protect the Clean Water Act is not over. The January 2003 guidance is still in effect and there are several additional administration actions still pending under the Clean Water Act that could reduce clean water protections. However, thanks to the response of citizens, organizations, and elected officials, the sweeping effort to rollback protections under the CWA has been prevented. Furthermore, the Supreme Court may rule again on the Clean Water Act in the near future, having been asked to hear four cases on the subject.

 

 

STAFF UPDATES:

 

Eliot Drucker Joins WT Staff

Washington Trout would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest staff member, Dr. Eliot Drucker. Eliot began working in mid-January with other staff scientists to develop WT’s scientific programs, including survey and restoration field work, contracts and grant support, and research publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

A native of Boston, Eliot earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Biology at Harvard University (1993, 1996) with research interests in the behavior, ecology and physiology of Pacific Northwest fishes. His scientific work was continued at the University of California, Irvine as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biosciences Related to the Environment (1997-2003). Eliot’s published studies include analyses of swimming hydrodynamics of Atlantic and Pacific salmonids, ecological predictors of swimming performance in surfperches, and foraging strategies of Puget Sound intertidal fishes. He has conducted field work at Neah Bay, WA and at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories on San Juan Island since 1989.

Eliot’s love of the Northwest began fifteen years ago during a vacation to the San Juan Islands and Olympic Peninsula. Since then, he has returned annually to the shores and mountains of Washington state to study and admire its native fishes and their habitat. Eliot is enthusiastic about starting work with WT. “I have great respect for what Washington Trout is doing,” he says, “and I’m very excited to help contribute to its scientific efforts.”

 

 

EVENTS/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

 

2004 Washington Trout Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction:

Planning has begun for the Thirteenth Annual Washington Trout Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction, which will be held Sunday May 16th. We are looking for volunteers to help solicit donations, follow-up with contributors, sell tickets/tables to the event, set-up on the day of the Auction, and staff various tasks throughout the event! Volunteer involvement helps ensure that the Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction runs smoothly and is an overall success. 

The 2004 Auction promises to be a wonderful event. The auction is being catered by Lowell and Hunt, who have generously donated use of their beautiful dining and entertainment facilities located on Lake Union in downtown Seattle. Donations are already coming in and one of our featured items for this year is a week of fishing for two anglers on the banks of the famed River Dee in Scotland. Julian and Miranda McHardy have graciously donated their secluded “Woodend” beat for two anglers on the River Dee. The trip includes accommodations in Garden Cottage, a charming two bedroom cottage that can accommodate up to four people and includes a full kitchen. This trip is perfect for two couples or a family and must be taken June 21-27, 2004. For more information about the 2004 Soiree and featured auction items, please visit our website at www.washingtontrout.org.

 

To volunteer or to make a tax-deductible donation for the live or silent auction, please contact WT Outreach Coordinator Leah Hausman at (425) 788-1167 or emailleah@washingtontrout.org.

 

Garden Cottage

 

River Dee along the Woodend beat

 

 

Community Networking Announcement – Join the Snoqualmie Conservation Corp

            Earn money and help restore salmon habitat by joining the Snoqualmie Conservation Corp. The SCC is a joint project of the Snoqualmie Tribe, the King County Department of Natural Resources, and Stewardship Partners. We are looking for individuals age 14-18 to restore Salmonid stream habitat on private and public lands in the Snoqualmie watershed. You’ll create a better salmon habitat by removing non-native invasive plants, controlling erosion and, planting native plant species. You’ll meet new people and have fun while doing important work. You’ll gain skills employers look for like communication and leadership. For more information contact: Kellie Kvasnikoff or Ian Kanair, Snoqualmie Tribe, Environmental and Natural Resources Department, P.O. Box 280 Carnation, WA 98014, (425) 333-6551.

 

Want to get more involved with Washington Trout? WT appreciates your support and can use your volunteer help in a number of ways including the annual WT auction, educational programs, mailing and office assistance, staffing booths at public events, and participating in membership campaigns and other special events. Check out the website for more information on volunteer opportunities and our calendar, which lists upcoming WT and other organizations’ events, meetings, classes, etc. Please contact Leah Hausman at leah@washingtontrout.org if you have an event you would like mentioned in Wild Fish Runsor on the website!

 

 

OTHER NEWS:

 

Recently Reduced!!! – 16’ Don Hill Wood Drift Boat For Sale

            Washington Trout has a Don Hill 16 Foot Custom Guide Wood Drift Boat (Model 16ST) for sale. The boat is in like-new condition and has never been in the water. This model is described by Don Hill as the “best all-round boat.”

            The hull is constructed of a single piece of ¼ inch marine plywood with a one-piece ½ inch marine plywood bottom with a custom epoxy finish. It is built with a removable front deck and knee brace, ½ inch floorboards and a sliding front seat for load balance. The chines, battens, stem and handrails are of the finest grade oak, and ribs and seats are made of clear vertical grain fir. WT’s comes with the optional front storage seat, front gear brace with deck, custom rear seat, and its own trailer.

 

All profits from the sale of this boat will help fund WT’s wild fish recovery programs.

 

Washington Trout has lowered our asking price to $4000. With an original price of $10,020, this is an excellent value for a beautiful craft. Come see it for yourself at the WT Store at 15629 Main St NE, Duvall, WA 98019. Pictures of the boat are available online at www.washingtontrout.org/driftboat.shtml. Please inquire on the boat by stopping by the store, calling us at 425-788-1167, or emailing leah@washingtontrout.org. You can also find out more information on the boat’s manufacturing at Don Hill River Boats.

 

 

 

Shop the WT Store and Support Salmon Recovery:

            The WT Store is a fun way to open up the front of our office and make a space where people can come in, learn about Washington Trout, and buy something with the knowledge that all proceeds go to support WT. We have been trying to expand our inventory, bringing in new items and product lines that we think you and your family will enjoy.

            We have a wide variety of items to appeal to adults, kids, and kids-at-heart: puppets; stuffed animals; scientific games and kits; tools to explore the outdoors; books to educate and entertain all age levels; Burt’s Bees and Bunny’s Bath personal products; art prints by Joseph Tomelleri, Tanya Hill, Jean Ferrier and original pastels by Tim Harris; chocolate; candles; computer map programs; cards; calendars; treats and gifts for your dog or cat; and of course, WT logo hats, fleece and travel coffee mugs. Check out some of our store items online at http://www.washingtontrout.org/store.shtml.

            The WT Store is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm. We are located on SR 203 at 15629 Main St NE in Duvall, WA. If you need directions to the store, please call 425-788-1167 or email wildfish@washingtontrout.org.

 

Shopping Online?

You can do your usual online shopping and help support Washington Trout by shopping through the WT shopping village at GreaterGood.com. Choose from more than 100 brand name retailers like eBay, Amazon.com, PetsMart, The Disney Store, Dell, Lands’ End and many more. Up to 15% of everything you buy benefits Washington Trout. To go directly to the WT shopping village, visit http://www.greatergood.com/partner/washingtontrout.

WellSpent.Org is another great source for online shopping. WellSpent.org has thousands of products - including electronics, software, computers, tools, appliances, camping gear and much more - available at discount prices. Every purchase you make generates a donation for the non-profit cause of your choice. So visit http://www.wellspent.org/, search for Washington Trout, and help yourself to some great gifts - you'll be helping us, too!