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SEABURY BLAIR JR. | Elwha too clogged for fish to live

KitsapSun – Two days after I hiked the sandy, rocky desolation that used to be Lake Mills,  as many as 200,000 chinook salmon were killed in what has to be one of the  biggest blunders in the history of the Washington State Department of Fish and  Wildlife.  The year-old salmon were released from the new $16 million Elwha Hatchery run by  the state and Lower Elwha Klallam tribe on April 5. Most — if not all — were  killed when they tried to swim downstream through the thick gray goop that is  the lower Elwha River, created by the removal of two dams built illegally in  1910. continued

Dead salmon found along muddy Elwha River after hatchery release

Staff at the department’s Elwha Channel hatchery released 196,575 juvenile fish, ranging from 4 inches to 8 inches in length April 5, about 3½ miles from the mouth of the river, said Randy Aho, hatchery operations manager for the Fish and Wildlife region that stretches from the Long Beach Peninsula to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The sediment coursing down the Elwha has been freed by the removal process for the once-towering Elwha dams, part of a $325 million river restoration project still under way. continued