The spring Chinook run has come to an end on the lower Snake River. The finally tally for 2017 was dismal compared to last year and the 10 year average, with a 56% decline.
10 yr avg: 62,403
The summer Chinook run is not fairing much better. It is currently half the 10 year average.
10 yr avg: 10,837
Counts taken at Lower Granite dam and reported by the Fish Passage Center (fpc.org).
But I thought we were having record fish returns?
This data does not support the reports of “record fish returns” cited by Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers in her latest attempt to save the dams. Record fish returns have been proclaimed by several groups including our own federal agencies like the US Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, and Bureau of Reclamation. Here is the chart they showed the public at the CRSO Open Houses last fall. Looks great doesn’t it?
But if one were to look back farther in history, they would find a different story. Here is a graph from Idaho Fish and Game going back to 1955.
Recent returns are far from being records. This is nothing more than data manipulation to support their cause.
“There are 3 kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”