Hunters wary of Shillapoo salmon habitat proposal

first_imgWaterfowl enthusiasts told state officials this week they fear a proposed $13 million salmon restoration project at Shillapoo Wildlife Area will trade big losses of ducks and geese for marginal gains of fish.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to reconnect the Columbia River with its floodplain on the south portion of the state wildlife area in the Vancouver Lake lowlands.Two leeves to the Columbia River would be breached and channels created between wetlands to restore fish access. Water control structures and pumps would be removed.Nicole Czarnomski, project coordinator for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, told a meeting in Vancouver Monday that the effort is part of a bistate, multi-agency effort to create more rearing habitat for juvenile salmon, particularly chinook.Bonneville Power Administration would finance the project.The project would improve Shillapoo Wildlife Area for fish, while still providing habitat for waterfowl plus public hunting and other recreation, Czarnomski said.last_img read more