Dworshak fish hatchery gets credit for saving millions of salmon

AHSAHKA, ID - The Dworshak National Fish Hatchery was awarded Station of the Year, thanks to their quick thinking staff that saved 2.5 million spring Chinook salmon last summer.

The Lower Snake River Compensation program awarded the staff at the hatchery after a water line malfunction from Dworshak dam to Clearwater State Fish Hatchery put millions of salmon at risk.

In a joint effort by several organizations in the area, including the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the juvenile spring Chinook were moved to a safe pond while the water line was fixed. This week those same fish are being released for their down river migration into the ocean.