PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A new hatchery is in place, ready to restock the Elwha River with salmon after two dams are removed.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe’s hatchery was completed last month and has received its first batch of steelhead fry.
Eventually the tribe will release as many as 3 million fish a year into the 65-mile long river in Olympic National Park. Only five miles have been available to spawning since the first of two dams was built in 1913.
The dams will start coming down in September in a $327 million river restoration project.
The Park Service expects the salmon run — currently 3,000 fish — will reach 400,000 fish a year by 2039.
Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com