Ecology and Fish and Wildlife invite the public to review and comment on the draft Aquatic Species Restoration Plan to protect and restore salmon and other native aquatic species in the Chehalis River basin.
The Chehalis Basin Board and the team of technical experts who developed the draft restoration plan will use public comments to inform future phases of the plan's development and implementation.
To learn more about this public involvement opportunity, read the Nov. 18 news release.
During the past 30 years, salmon runs have declined by 80% in the Chehalis River basin in southwest Washington due to climate change, and habitat degradation and loss from development. By the end of the century, the basin's spring Chinook salmon could become functionally extinct, with fish numbers dropping too low to sustain the population.
But scientists, researchers, and technical experts have developed this draft aquatic species restoration plan designed to protect and restore salmon and other native aquatic species in the Chehalis basin's 3,400 miles of perennial streams and rivers.