LETTER: National Park Service should be embarrassed over paltry number of fish in Elwha

It’s been three years since the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams were removed, and the NPS is touting 16 fish in an area where there should be many more.

Regarding the rock barriers at the former Glines Canyon Dam site in the Elwha River.

In a Sept. 12 Peninsula Daily News article [“ONP Finding Fish In Elwha”], it was stated that fish continue to recolonize the Elwha River watershed and that “an early August snorkel survey between Rica canyon and Glines Canyon … revealed five adult chinook, one steelhead and 10 adult sockeye salmon” were counted.

We know in the summer of 2015, most fish were blocked at the Glines Canyon Dam site, and that’s why the National Park Service blasted away 14 large rocks.

Now the NPS wants to blast four more at the Glines dam site [“More Blasting Done On Elwha River Dam Site,” PDN, Sept. 16].

Is it because of the low numbers of fish in the early August snorkel survey that have the NPS biologists worried?

Acting Park Superintendent Rachel Spector said, “We are thrilled to see this latest confirmation of the success and value of dam removal.”

Does one consider success in a count of 16 fish in one section of river where there should be many more?

This should be a $325 million embarrassment to the National Park Service for the paltry number of fish that have made it past the Glines Canyon Dam barrier.

I’m not buying into the sunshine and butterflies spin from Spector.

The NPS answer to the barrier is, “We will monitor the situation.”

Next year will be the third year since removal of the dams.

How many years do they get until they make it right?

We won’t know till next summer if the blasting was successful.

If not, maybe Congress should monitor the NPS.

Jim Anderson,

Port Angeles

More in Opinion

PAT NEAL: A short history of fishing

TOURISM IS A hazardous industry, just ask our Native American friends. When… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A short history of history

SOMETIMES, I MISS the good old days. The really old good old… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Birdwatching with a chainsaw

BIRD WATCHING IS my life. Most of my best bird watching has… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Bringing back the dodo

THESE DAYS, SCIENTISTS are saying we are living through the sixth mass… Continue reading

Ellen Menshew
POINT OF VIEW: Gun laws effective as means to curb relentless violence

I WAS BORN and raised in Alaska. My family homesteaded there. It… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: My funny Valentine

HELLO YOUNG LOVERS, whoever you are. I hope your troubles are few.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The victory of ‘Our Land: Quileute Territory’

READ ANY GOOD books lately? There’s a new one out that should… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: ‘The Big Blowdown’

THERE’S A SAYING around here: If you don’t like the weather, wait… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Celebrating Robbie Burns Day

a celebration of literature, music and… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The tale of the 100-pound salmon

Who says there’s no good news? A new world-record Chinook salmon weighing… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: What happened to Dollie?

IN LAST WEEK’S episode, the Press Expedition of 1889-90, a motley collection… Continue reading