Current Projects

Pacific Northwest Salmon

TU has built a Pacific salmon program that spans the entire range of Pacific salmon and steelhead -- from Southern California steelhead to sockeye in Alaska's Bristol Bay and inland to the headwater spring chinook streams of central Idaho. We are protecting native-run kokanee in western Washington's Lake Sammamish; we are helping to reconnect steelhead, chinook and sockeye to central Oregon streams they haven't seen in decades; we are restoring passage on private timber lands for California coho; and, we are sustaining a conservation ethic by educating consumers about the conservation needs of healthy salmon fisheries. Employing aggressive and innovative strategies across all four Hs (Habitat, Hydropower, Hatcheries and Harvest) and throughout the salmon and steelhead's entire historic range, TU staff and its thousands of volunteers are working tirelessly toward a singular vision: Ensuring that by the next generation that robust populations of native and wild salmon and steelhead once again thrive within their Pacific range so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

The foundation upon which TU's WhyWild campaign is built is the idea that the people across the country who enjoy eating wild-caught Pacific salmon - as well as the businesses and industries that rely on wild-caught salmon - represent a massive community of advocates for the conditions required to allow wild Pacific salmon and steelhead to thrive. That means conservation. Our job is to educate, energize and mobilize those advocates and marshal the power of the marketplace to work for wild salmon and steelhead conservation. This summer we got a chance to put the WhyWild model to the test. Through a unique partnership TU helped broker, salmon consumers in the Portland, Oregon market got a rare chance to invest their salmon dollars in Bristol Bay, Alaska sockeye salmon, while at the same time to learn about the conservation challenges facing the area, and to lend their names in support of TU's effort to protect it.

Cowlitz Project

Owned by Tacoma Power, the Project was licensed and built in 1960's to annually generate 200 MW of power. The project cost $ 150,000,0t0 to build. In addition to the three dams, it includes two large reservoirs and two hatcheries. When the license was nearing expiration in the late1990's, Tacoma Power entered into negotiations with local, state and federal agencies; tribes; local, state and national environmental and sport fishing organizations. Twelve parties signed a settlement agreement on August 10, 2000 that included significant commitments to: restore wild salmon throughout the entire Cowlitz River, including passage around the dams and reintroduction of fish above the Project; provide enhanced recreational opportunity; and continued produce power. On July 18,2003,FERC issued a 35-year license that memorialized the agreement into a legally binding license.

Ongoing TU Chapter Projects

Trout Unlimited Des Moines, Chapter No. 366

The Des Moines Chapter has been involved in the restoration and stewardship of Miller and Walker Creeks (located near Sea-Tac Airport) for over the last 20 years. The Water and Land Resources Division of King County has developed some web pages that provide up-to-date information on activities regarding management of this urban watershed. Click here to go to the website.


Trout Unlimited Edmond - Laebugten Salmon Chapter No. 101
Trout Unlimited Edmond  raises about 125,000 Coho in our hatchery to be out-planted into local streams with the help of Edmonds area students, and maintain a net-pen at the Edmonds pier with 30,000 yearling Coho for imprinting and release.

Trout Unlimited Grays Harbor, Chapter No. 111
Working with the Columbia-Pacific Resource Conservation and Development District Trout Unlimited Grays Harbor has developed an old gravel pit on the Chehalis River, into a truly amazing scenic escape for nature lovers with disabilities. who can catch salmon and sturgeon from a wheelchair. With two fishing shacks and piers along ½ mile of river access, 1.7 miles of level trail with a paved path that circles the32 acre lake, restrooms, showers and camping facilities and a boat launch, life is easy despite the secluded natural setting located on 152 acres of donated land. Called Friends Landing, it has some of the last of the state’s remaining old growth timber. Washington Watchable Wildlife has designated Friends Landing a natural wildlife scenic area. You can find Friends Landing 35 miles west of Olympia and 12 east of Aberdeen, Washington.

Trout Unlimited Whatcom County, Chapter No. 178
The Trout Unlimited Whatcom County  chapter built a pond in the early 1990's to encourage Advanced Natural Resources class from Mount Baker High School to feed fishes, to check weights, to test water quality, and to manage the hatchery with TU members from Whatcom County. Baker fisheries run the hatchery program. They raise the steelhead in hope that they will return to spawn.

Trout Unlimited Tacoma Chapter, No 146

The Trout Unlimited Tacoma Chapter designed and built a portable fishing pond with grants from the council and the Muckleshoot Tribe to offer fishing experiences to children that may have never had an opportunity. TU has had as many as 3000 children a year attend events sponsored by various organizations throughout Western Washington. Trout Unlimited Tacoma Chapter  also work with the Washington Military District to protect Murray Creek, one of the last available spawning areas for American Lake Cutthroat.

News and Updates

 Wild Salmon
Under Threat of Extinction, Study Shows More...
 National Park Service
Awards Contract for the Elwha Water Facilities.
 Planned whitewater park
is prompting anxiety over possible impacts to the river's native fish. more...
 Cedar River
Chinook returning to Cedar River big-time. more...
 Women's workshop
Women's workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting, outdoor skills. more...
 Obscure salmon  struggles to survive!
Beneath the surface of Lake Sammamish Washington's native salmon are struggling to survive. More...
 Youth Conservation
2008 Youth Conservation
& Fly Fishing Academy.