Project brings rare look into salmon spawning

Project brings rare look into salmon spawning

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by Keely Chalmers, KGW Staff

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Posted on September 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 5:28 AM

BONNEVILLE, Ore. -- People will soon get a chance to take a rare look into the spawning activity of hundreds of endangered salmon.

A salmon restoration program has begun along Hamilton Creek in North Bonneville. The creek is dry now, but when the rain returns, it will fill up quickly.  By November, it will be full of spawning chum and chinook salmon. Their natural habitat was wiped out decades ago when the Bonneville Dam was built.

As part of the project, the city wants to build an interpretive trail so people can walk along the channel where the endangered fish live.

“I’m envisioning school trips coming in, tourists coming, people coming from Vancouver and Portland. It’s a great opportunity to find out about chum salmon and salmon in general and the restoration project," said City Administrator John Spencer.

The entire $1.2 million project will cover about 3 miles of Hamilton creek when complete. The plan is for the interpretive trail to be built next fall. 

The Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group began the project last year.

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