News & Events

Press Releases and News Items of Interest (click on the text to link to the item)

February 2013

Governor Appoints Spokane Falls TU Member to Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Spokane resident Samantha Mace to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, a state board that administers grants for projects that help return salmon from the brink of extinction. Mace has extensive professional and volunteer experience in conservation policy and natural resource issues. She is the Inland Northwest director for the Save our Wild Salmon Coalition, where she is responsible for policy, media and outreach for Inland Northwest salmon issues for a coalition of sport fishing groups and businesses, commercial fishing associations, conservation groups and other organizations working to restore wild salmon and steelhead to the Columbia and Snake Rivers

To see the full press release, click here

March 2011

Contract to improve water quality for Nippon Paper Industries awarded by Olympic National Park Service

Read TU's comments on NOAA's proposed Puget Sound chinook resource management plan

December 2010

Budget cuts kill Salmon in the Classroom Program

October 2010

Lake Mills reservior being lowered to encourage erosion on new pilot channel

August 2010

Contractor for removal of Elwha and Glines Canyon dams selected by Olympic National Park

Sediment channel to be cut through Lake Mills delta as part of Elwha Dam removal project

April 2010

Two water treatment plants dedicated as precursors to Elwha Dam removal project

March 2010

Read Rick Abbett's comments about proposed earthen dams on the Chehalis River

February 2010

Nippon Paper water supply to be improved as part of Elwha River dam removal

Construction of Lower Ehwha Klallam Tribe fish hatchery begins!

January 2010

Read a Los Angeles Times opinion about removal of Snake River dams

Read Jim Wilcox's report on the WCTU Council Meeting in January

Read a list of 2009 WCTU Award Winners

December 2009

Read an article about removal of the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in Maine

October 2009

Read the press release about Washington Rivers Conservancy becoming part of Trout Unlimited

Here's a nice article about Mark Taylor's work on the Lake Sammamish kokanee project

Read an article about breaching of a dam on the Rogue River in Oregon

September 2009

Read a National Parks Service press release about funding for a Lower Elwha Tribe Fish Hatchery

August 2009

A judge rejects Maury Island gravel mining permit. Read more ...

See Mark Taylor in a Field and Stream 2009 Heros of Conservation video

July 2009

Read an article about the effect of the proposed Spokane white water park on redband trout

Puget Sound partnership action agenda has buy-in by EPA. Read more.

King County Council urges protection of Lake Sammamish Kokanee

June 2009

Seattle chefs are working to protect Bristol Bay salmon from proposed Pebble Mine

Spokane Trout Unlimited is concerned about the effect of proposed whitewater park on redband trout

May 2009

Funds for Pacific Coast almon recovery have been reinstated in Obama's proposed 2010 budget - read about it

Read a report on WCTU's activities in the 2009 Washington state legislative session

April 2009

Removal of Condit Dam on the White Salmon River to be delayed for another year

Read about Oregon and California governors requesting another salmon disaster declaration

Read an article about the Cutthroat trout in Lake Sammamish

Olympic National Park receives $57.8 million for various projects

Olympic National Park releases a contract to build a greenhouse facility to support re-vegetation of the Elwha Valley after dam removal

Senator Maria Cantwell has introduced legislation to establish a Salmon Partnership Program to conserve wild Pacific salmon. Click here to read Senator Cantwell's introductory statement. Click here to read the details of the legislation.

March 2009

An article in Sound News discusses the plight of Kokanne in Lake Sammamish

February 2009

Don Gulliford Catches Possible Record Rainbow in Lake Washington!

WDFW will use grant to purchase Olson's Resort

January 2009

Listen to Dr. David Montgomery and others discuss this year's major flood (click on Real Audio)

Puget Sound salmon appear to be contaminating killer whales here more than northern orcas

Deal between Columbia Land Trust and Pope Resources will protect 20,000 acres on both sides of Swift Reservoir

Read about what can happen when you catch too many fish!

November 2008

Read the latest update on the Miller/Walker Creek Stewardship program

Check out KOMO news story about Andy Batcho!

Read an article about the Bellevue-Issaquah chapter's project to Adopt-a-Salmon on Lake Sammamish

October 2008

NOAA rejects Nez Perce tribe's request for a permit to take a limited number of wild steelhead on Clearwater River

Read about fishing enhancements included in Puget Sound Energy's license renewal for the Baker hydropower project

September 2008

Congratulations to Andy Batcho for being nominated as a finalist for Field & Stream's 2008 Heroes of Conservation Award.

July 2008

Read comments by Snoqualmie Tribe and Trout Unlimited regarding review on Lake Sammamish Kokanee petition

May 2008

USFWS decides to consider Lake Sammamish kokanee for protection under the Endangered Species Act

April 2008

Bureau of Land Management rejects a request for a copper mine near Mount St. Helens

Read about a WDFW Study indicating that Redband population is decreasing in Spokane River

Read Peter DeFazio's News Release about approval of Copper Salmon Wilderness Act of 2007




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.