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July 2005


Wild Fish Runs is a bi-monthly publication for Wild Fish Conservancy members and supporters to provide program updates and networking assistance. The Wild Fish Conservancy is a conservation-ecology organization dedicated to the recovery and conservation of the Northwest’s wild-fish ecosystems. Since 1989, the Wild Fish Conservancy has sought to improve conditions for all of the region’s wild fish through science, education and advocacy. The Wild Fish Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


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WT Sues U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service over Icicle Creek Salmon Hatchery

july05_iciclelowerdamCiting years of broken promises, on June 16th, Washington Trout filed suit in a Yakima federal court to force US Fish and Wildlife Service to remove fish-passage barriers at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery on Icicle Creek, a Tributary to the Wenatchee River. Washington Trout contends that the hatchery illegally blocks fish migration in Icicle Creek, home to at least two species of federally protected fish.

In order to collect returning hatchery chinook salmon, the hatchery installs barriers that block passage to migrating wild stocks of steelhead trout, listed as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and bull trout, listed as Threatened. Kurt Beardslee, Executive Director at Washington Trout, believes the issues are stark. “This is a simple case,” contends Beardslee. “They are harming endangered and threatened wild fish to raise farmed salmon. The most egregious thing is that it’s being done by the very agency charged with protecting the species.”

Washington Trout alleges that USFWS is violating the ESA because installing the barriers harms or “takes” listed steelhead and bull trout in a number of ways, including:

·        blocking all fish migration to 29 miles of Icicle Creek;

·        trapping listed fish in a one-mile section of creek

·         diverting most of the water out of this one mile section, stranding the                   protected fish in the dewatered reach.

All federal agencies have a legal obligation to protect and conserve listed species, and USFWS is the agency specifically charged with the protection of listed bull trout. Under the ESA, it is illegal to harass, harm, wound, kill, collect, or capture a listed species without specific authorization. It is also illegal to substantially degrade habitat or disrupt behavioral patterns like migration, breeding, and feeding.  A private development, timber, or agricultural interest that illegally blocked fish or diverted water could be exposed to fines and even potential arrest, possibly imposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service itself.           

The hatchery contends it is under a mandate to produce fish, and it is working toward coming into compliance with the ESA.  But environmentalists disagree, including Dick Rieman, Leavenworth resident and vice-president of the Washington Trout board and member of the Icicle Creek Watershed Council. The local watershed group has attempted to work with USFWS on this issue since 1998.

july05_iciclefish“They talk a good game,” said Rieman. “They always talk, but where’s the action? They promised a fix in 2000, but still haven’t done anything, except let the Icicle Creek Watershed Council spend $250,000 of our money to remove old hatchery structures from the river. Meanwhile the agency is still blocking fish and diverting water. We’ve tried to be amicable partners, but it just hasn’t worked.”

Washington Trout is being represented in this case by students from the Kathy and Steve Berman Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. Professor Michael Robinson-Dorn, Director of the Law Clinic, noted optimistically that each time the spotlight has been focused on the Hatchery all parties have agreed that this problem is solvable.  “It’s an unfortunate reality, but sometimes it takes a lawsuit to get the agency’s attention and continued commitment to do the right thing” he said.



For almost twenty-five years, the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has been violating the Clean Water Act by discharging pollutants into eastern Washington's Icicle Creek without a valid permit. In response, Washington Trout submitted a federal lawsuit on July 6 against the US Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging the Hatchery's operations under the federal Clean Water Act.

The Leavenworth Hatchery, operated by USFWS to produce chinook salmon for harvest, discharges waste water and cleaning effluent into Icicle Creek, a tributary of the Wenatchee River. The discharges contain many recognized and harmful pollutants, including disinfectants, fish feces, uneaten fish food, nitrogen, phosphorus, antibiotics, various pathogens, portions of fish carcasses, and potentially, PCBs, which are known carcinogens. Recent reports have suggested links between discharges from the hatchery and PCB-contaminated mountain whitefish in Icicle Creek.

The illegal discharges are likely harming Upper Columbia spring chinook, Upper Columbia steelhead, both listed as Endangered under the ESA, and bull trout, listed as Threatened.  Both listed steelhead and listed bull trout use Icicle Creek to spawn, feed, and rear. On June 16, Washington Trout filed a separate suit under the ESA alleging that various operations at the Leavenworth Hatchery are illegally harming listed steelhead and bull trout (see above).

Under the Clean Water Act, discharge permits must generally be reviewed every five years, to determine if the terms of the permit have been effective, and to implement any technological innovations that could improve water quality affected by the discharges. But the only Clean Water Act permit the Leavenworth Hatchery has ever received was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in December 1974. That permit expired by its own terms in August 1979. In November 1980, more than twelve months after the permit expired, the USFWS submitted an application to renew its CWA permit, and almost exactly one year later, the EPA notified USFWS that it would “automatically” extend the permit “indefinitely,” pending “formal action.”  However, under the terms of the Clean Water Act and EPA regulations, an expiring CWA permit can only be extended if the permittee submits a complete application for a new permit at least 180 days prior to the expiration of the current permit, and the EPA can not “automatically” extend permits that have actually expired. 

As of June 2005, almost twenty five years after EPA issued its illegal extension, the agency still has not acted on the Leavenworth Hatchery's 1980 permit renewal application, enabling the Hatchery to continue discharging at the 1974 permit levels, without any further review, and avoid making the technological improvements that could be required by the law. Washington Trout’s suit also names the EPA, charging that once the original permit expired, the EPA had no authority to administratively extend it, and that the agency has unreasonably delayed and failed to act in issuing a final decision on the Hatchery's 1980 renewal application.

Richard Smith, WT’s attorney in this case, calls the situation especially egregious. “This is EPA totally failing to regulate its sister agency, USFWS, since Jimmy Carter was President,” says Smith.  “There is no way that a permit issued in 1974 can require the technology and discharge quality that should be in place to protect water quality.”

Even if the expired 1974 permit were still valid, USFWS has been violating that permit and other provisions of the Clean Water Act for at least five years. The Leavenworth Hatchery has failed  to comply with the monitoring, reporting,  and recording terms of the 1974 permit, and it may have discharged PCBs and other pollutants not covered by the expired permit.

Washington Trout is asking the court to declare EPA’s permit-extension invalid, declare that the Leavenworth Hatchery is operating without a valid permit or in violation of its existing permit, order USFWS  to cease discharging pollutants into Icicle Creek without a permit, and order EPA to  either issue or deny a new CWA permit on a short timeline. The suit also asks the court to order EPA and USFWS to promptly undertake studies to determine the extent and environmental significance of PCBs released into Icicle Creek, inform the public of the results of those studies, and implement any actions necessary to remediate for the PCB releases.

“EPA's illegal permit-extension and the Leavenworth Hatchery's unregulated discharges have been ongoing for over 25 years,” said Kurt Beardslee, Washington Trout Executive Director. “It is long past time for two of the principal agencies responsible for protecting our resources to stop harming Icicle Creek, its wild-fish populations, and the public.”


In September 2004, Sam Wright, former fisheries manager at WDFW, principal architect of Washington’s Wild Salmonid Policy, and WT consultant, submitted a petition to NOAA Fisheries to consider listing the Puget Sound steelhead ESU as either Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act. In April 2005 NOAA Fisheries initiated a Status Review of the ESU. Though Sam Wright has been a consultant to Washington Trout, he prepared and submitted his petition independently. However, Washington Trout did respond to NOAA Fisheries’ request for public input and has engaged in the Status Review process.

NOAA Fisheries created a Biological Review Team (BRT) to evaluate the status of the Puget Sound Steelhead ESU and its risk of extinction. In June 2005, WT Resource Analyst Nick Gayeski submitted to the BRT a population-dynamics analysis of the five major winter-run steelhead populations that comprise the majority of steelhead in the PS steelhead ESU: Skagit, Stillaguamish, Snohomish, Puyallup, and Nisqually Rivers. Washington Trout’s analysis demonstrated a coherent and pronounced downward trend in population numbers and in recruitment (the number of returning adults produced per adult spawner). All five populations showed a similar pattern in the timing and the magnitude of the decline, supporting the conclusion that there is an ESU-wide pattern of decline.

On June 20, 2005, NOAA Fisheries hosted a meeting in Seattle for technical presentations to the BRT.  The meeting provided an opportunity for qualified scientists to present technical analyses that may help the BRT gather the best available information and data regarding the status of Puget Sound Steelhead. Based in part on material submitted by Washington Trout to the BRT, and in part on past work conducted by WT field researchers, NOAA Fisheries invited Washington Trout to present information at the meeting.

Washington Trout presented fifteen years worth of summer steelhead snorkel data from the Tolt River in the Snoqualmie Valley, King County.  The presentation stressed the inter-annual variability observed in summer steelhead staging, observations regarding summer steelhead abundance response to fisheries management changes, summer steelhead hatchery and wild fish interactions and habitat partitioning, and the observation of a likely unique life-history strategy exhibited by a small portion of Tolt summer steelhead. Washington Trout presented compelling data to show that WDFW’s use of the March 15 cut-off to allowing harvest on hatchery steelhead has likely abbreviated the life-history diversity historically exhibited by PS Steelhead.


On July 7,  the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife imposed an Emergency  Fishing Closure on lower Canyon Creek, a tributary of the NF Nooksack River near Glacier, Washington. The Emergency Closure will be in effect until the end of the normal fishing season on October 31, and includes the areas from the mouth of Canyon Creek to the Canyon Creek Road Bridge on USFS Road #31, at approximately river mile 5.5.

The closure was instituted to protect Puget Sound chinook salmon and bull trout, both listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Canyon Creek is normally open only for trout fishing from June 1 through October 31. But floodplain and channel modifications implemented in lower Canyon Creek by Whatcom County have created a low flow fish-passage barrier that inhibits the migration, distribution, and spawning success of chinook and potentially bull trout. Agencies including WDFW, the US Forest Service, NOAA Fisheries, and Whatcom County have acknowledged the detrimental effects from the barrier for several years. In addition to inhibiting fish migration and distribution, the barrier creates a potential poaching opportunity, and some evidence suggests that unintentional harassment from legal fishing activity was harming listed fish.

Washington Trout acknowledges WDFW for exercising its authority to mitigate some of the impacts to listed fish in Canyon Creek by acting to reduce fishing-related mortality in the watershed. The action appears to have been taken at least partly in response to input from the US Forest Service, concerned about impacts on the efficacy of habitat-restoration activities it had undertaken upstream of the barrier, Tribal fisheries managers, WDFW regional biologists and enforcement officers, and wild-fish advocates. In May, Washington Trout submitted a letter to WDFW Region 4 to express our concern over the situation and request an emergency closure.

Agencies and advocates, including Washington Trout, are continuing to work with Whatcom County to resolve the passage-barrier and other habitat impacts resulting from the floodplain and channel modifications. Remediation work may begin in summer 2006. Meanwhile WDFW is considering during the current major regulation cycle a rule change that would permanently close lower Canyon Creek to all fishing.



On May 26th, U.S. District Judge James Redden ruled that the Bush administration must re-examine the roles dams play in the decline of  federally listed wild salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River.  The administration had produced a plan that considered dams to be a part of the landscape, holding that the dams could never be removed.  The plan allowed for 51% of juvenile spring Chinook and up to 92% of juvenile fall Chinook migrating downstream to be killed while passing through dams.  While the plan laid out a $6 billion effort to make improvements to dams, it did not address the harm they cause fish stocks.  In response to a lawsuit filed by tribal and environmental groups, Judge Redden ruled that the administration’s plan violates the Endangered Species Act.

Currently, Judge Redden has ruled that more water must be spilled over dams on the Columbia to facilitate fish passage, a decision that hydropower and irrigation officials vowed to fight, filing, a petition to stay the decision until a permanent recovery plan can be implemented. On June 21, the  9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the spill order, ruling that the Bush administration had failed to demonstrate a likelihood it would prevail on the merits of the case, and had not demonstrated that going ahead with the spill would cause irreparable harm. The 9th Circuit panel did agree to speed up the schedule for the government's full appeal so it could be heard this summer, before the salmon migration is over. 

Since the 9th Circuit’s decision to uphold Judge Redden’s order, there has been an attempt to use legislation to circumvent the courts.  Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) announced a plan to introduce a rider to the Department of the Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 2361) which could have effectively overturned Judge Redden’s decision through legislation.

Washington Trout urges its members and supporters to write their legislators to communicate their support for a Columbia River Recovery plan that supports real salmon recovery.

See the following articles for additional information (some sites require free registration):

Washington Post:
Future of Salmon Leads to Dispute Over Federal Dams, by Blaine Harden Washington Post.  July 2nd, 2005.

Senator Aims to Kill Agency That Tracks Salmon, by Blain Harden Washington Post.  June 24th, 2005.


Seattle Times:

Court won't stop spill over four Snake and Columbia river dams, by Hal Bernton Settle Times.  June 22nd, 2005.


Judge says Bush salmon plan ignores impact of dams, by Craig Welch and Hal Bernton.  May 27th, 2005.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Senator targets agency in salmon flap, by Matthew Daly Associated Press.  June 24th, 2005.

Salmon: Facing the dam question, by The Seattle PI Editorial Board.  May 29th, 2005



july05_courtneyaddyWhat happens when a third grader learns about the plight of wild salmon in their classroom?  Well if you are Courtney Vu and Addy Lalier, you take the $13.10 you raised in a used toy and bake sale and donate it to a local environmental group.

One weekend in March these two students from Endeavour Elementary school in Issaquah held a used toy sale to try and raise a few dollars.  They were planning on using the money to try and convince their parents to allow them to see a movie; they thought that having their own money would help.  During the process of organizing the sale, however the girls got another idea.  Why not use the money to try and save salmon?  The girl’s third grade teacher, Miss Doyle, had recently discussed the difficulties that dams create for salmon trying to reach their natal streams and how salmon were a keystone species in their ecosystems.

Their creative thinking netted them $13.10, which they brought to school the next day and asked where they could send the money to help save the salmon.  Miss Doyle then referred to her fiancé, who is an avid fly fisherman.  He relayed the story to a group of anglers on the website Washington Fly Fishing, and suddenly anglers from across the state and beyond were donating $13.00 to match the girls donation.  Local guides Bob Triggs, Steve Buckner and John Koenig offered guided trips with the proceeds adding to the girl’s fund and after just a few weeks the amount grew to $1680.36.

The goal was to exceed the $1000.00, “corporate” membership level in order to get the class a field trip to learn more about wild fish.  When the staff here at WT found out about the girls, their initial donation, and the generosity of the anglers at Washington Fly Fishing, we immediately set up a chance for the kids to join us in the Environmental Discovery Program out at Oxbow Farm.  While generally this is reserved for 4th and 5th grade students, the amount of research the students had already conducted on salmon made the field trip a perfect compliment.

If the story ended there it would be amazing.  Two third graders turn $13.10 into a $1680.00 donation to Washington Trout.  Proof that every positive act, no matter the size, can have a huge impact on the world.  But at the recent Wild Fish Soiree, the impact got a little bigger.  After relating Courtney and Addy’s story to our members, over 70 of the night’s participants matched the donation during the live auction’s “Fund a Dream.”  The current total of the Thirteen Dollar Fund is $10,408.36 and counting!

On May 26th , Miss Doyle’s third grade class bounded off a bus onto Oxbow Farm.  They spent the day exploring the woods, crawling through the grass looking for bugs and learning about salmon.

Check out these girls in the news:

Student’s Fishing for a Mission get Hooked & a follow up story Seed Money, by Sherry Grindeland for the Seattle Times.

A Fishy Fund-Raiser, Sara Bader.  The Issaquah Press.




In early spring of this year, WT began a study of juvenile salmonid use ofjuly05_whidbey nearshore habitat on the west coast of Whidbey Island.  This is the first comprehensive study of nearshore habitat on the west shore of the island.  For more information on the  background of this project please see “Juvenile Salmon and Puget Sound Nearshore – West Whidbey Juvenile Fish-Use Assessment” in the 2005 edition of The Washington Trout Report.

This month, WT’s crews continue to sample the nearshore waters of western Whidbey Island, and we’re still running into new fish species! June was our busiest month yet, some of our sets netted over 15,000 fish. We’ve encountered four salmon species: pink, chinook, chum, and coho, with chum salmon easily being the most numerous. The timing and size of many of the chum we’ve brought to hand suggests that they may be summer run chum, possibly from the Hood Canal. We’ve taken a number of non-lethal tissue samples from these larger fish, and we will have results from genetic testing this fall. 


july05_lopez In the spring of 2004 and 2005, Washington Trout was contracted by the Samish Community Preservation Foundation to conduct water-typing surveys on Washington's Lopez and Orcas Islands. The surveys are being conducted on prioritized streams to determine the distribution of fish and fish habitat, and to ensure that the Island's trout and salmon streams are mapped correctly so they can receive appropriate legal protection. Each stream is surveyed and classified following WDNR protocols contained in WAC 222-16-030.  During the surveys Washington Trout crews physically walk each stream, documenting  channel conditions (physical parameters) and verifying fish presence and distribution by visual observation or by electro-fishing (biological parameters). Supplementary observations on sediment sources, barriers to fish migration, last-fish observations, in-stream features, and water supplies are also documented and described by GPS locations and digital photographs. The data will be synthesized on GIS layers available to the public in a web-based interactive GIS format.

Washington Trout’s water-typing surveys on Orcas and Lopez Islands are part of a larger effort, including nearshore beach seining and historical ecology surveys, to better understand the role that San Juan County watersheds may play in native salmon recovery.  Project funding has been provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Samish Indian Nation.



The Spring Environmental Discovery Program is just wrapping up and WT Education Coordinator Casey Ralston is hard at work facilitating post field trip class room discussions with each school.   Students from Gatewood Elementary, Coe Elementary, Viewlands Elementary, Stillwater Elementary, Monroe Middle School, Wing Luke Elementary, Loyal Heights Elementary and Endeavour Elementary participated this spring.  The weather went from driving rain and wind to blistering sun and heat which made for interesting days for each school and our instructors never knowing if they should bring extra water or extra rain gear!

A big thanks goes out to all of our instructors, many of whom volunteered their time and shared their knowledge of everything from plants and animal bones to seeing the art in nature:  Andrea Faste, Marcela Gomez, Dan Jerke, Katrina Kindberg, Peter Millett, Julie Nelson, Sal Pasantino, Paula Roberts, Jill Weaver and Fritz Wollett.

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Mark Hersh – Water Quality Specialist

Mark Hersh is Washington Trout’s Water Quality Specialist.  A biologist, Mark received a BS from Pennsylvania State University in 1979 and an MS in Water Resources (Botany) in 1986 from Iowa State University, where his thesis research topic was the effect of Atrazine, a common agricultural herbicide, on freshwater algae isolated from both contaminated and uncontaminated springs.  He has published articles on his thesis research as well as on other water quality topics. 

In 2002 and 2003, Mark worked in Pennsylvania advocating for better protection of headwater streams from the subsidence caused by underground coal mining.  He is not, however, new to the Northwest.  Mark worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Seattle office from 1998-2002, and it was through the Icicle Creek restoration project that he was introduced to Washington Trout.  In his position as “restoration coordinator” at EPA, Mark was involved in many watershed restoration and protection programs of Northwest states and Tribes.  Previous to 1998, he was a biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Pennsylvania, his native state, where he worked on protecting fish and wildlife, especially threatened and endangered species, from water pollution and poorly-conceived development projects.  Mark has also held positions in academia and with Pennsylvania state government. 

At Washington Trout, Mark will work on a wide variety of research and advocacy projects where water quality is a concern. On a project to evaluate recurring hypoxia in Hood Canal, Mark will gather and analyze information on land use, so that present -- and future – conditions are considered when researchers and planners determine the impact of human activity on Hood Canal’s oxygen cycling.  He will also bring to bear his expertise on Clean Water Act issues in WT’s legal and advocacy initiatives on Icicle Creek.  Mark remains interested in headwater stream protection and the Clean Water Act’s mandate to maintain and restore the biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.  

As a biologist in government, Mark always worked closely with conservation groups, and has received numerous awards from conservation groups for his efforts.  Therefore, he is not suffering from “culture shock” at WT.  “Washington Trout demonstrated to me years ago that they are a science-based organization that puts the resource first.  I’m really pleased and honored to be working here.”

Brent Trim – Field Technician

july05_brentBrent was hired in March 2005 to help the field crew on the West Whidbey Juvenile Fish-Use Assessment. Brent is a wildlife biologist who brings extensive experience conducting field research in terrestrial and aquatic systems. He has worked with a wide variety of species from Pacific salmon to flying squirrels, wild mice and bats, deer, elk, lynx and Canada geese. Many of the studies he has been involved with were aimed at clarifying the habitat needs of threatened and endangered species in a world where such habitat is rapidly shrinking.

Though Brent was born and raised amid the sagebrush deserts of Eastern Washington, his family originally hails from Duvall and the Snoqualmie Valley –Washington Trout’s home. He currently resides in Port Townsend, Washington. He migrated to the wet side of the state in 1992 to attend the University of Washington, where he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in both Wildlife Science and Ecology/Conservation Biology. After briefly attending graduate school at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Brent returned to work as a field biologist for various federal and state agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, Forest Service, and most recently, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. His work has taken him to southern Utah, the northern Oregon coast, and Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. He recently completed a 2650-mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border into Canada. Brent is excited about working at Washington Trout, an opportunity he characterizes as one more exciting adventure.



The 14th Annual Wild Fish Soiree and Benefit Auction was held on May 14th at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. The 2005 event was a huge success!  In all over $42,000 was raised to help WT continue the fight to save wild fish.  The Chateau hosted a beautiful evening with amazing food and great wine.  Surrounded by the aroma of aging wine, the night’s participants spent the evening trying hard to outbid each other on fishing trips, gear, weekend adventures, evenings out, and beautiful works of art – all to support WT’s research, restoration and advocacy efforts.

The evening was full of camaraderie and fun, with many members vying forjuly05_auctionmontgomery featured items.  Two of our long-time donors, Michael and Myrna Darland of Southern Chile Expeditions and Jack Cook of Fly Fish Washington, graciously offered additional trips to high bidders to increase the amount of money raised for WT’s programs.   Their generosity amazed the entire room and is greatly appreciated by Washington Trout!

Dr. David Montgomery, author of King of Fish :The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, kicked of the live auction with a lively key note presentation on the historical paths of salmon and humans from the United Kingdom to the Pacific Northwest.  Discussing the environmental, political and cultural aspects surrounding salmon recovery, he offered challenging recommendations for establishing plans for real salmon recovery.  His background in geology creates an interesting point of view on past recovery plans and the impacts that humans have on the environment.

The staff and board at Washington Trout would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Montgomery, the donors, bidders and volunteers that made the evening such a success Washington Trout would like to encourage all of our members and supporters to thank our wonderful auction donors with patronage. A full list can be found here.

A Big Thank You to the Volunteers who made the evening possible:

Jennifer Byrne, Kim Dolbee, Dan Jerke, Marney Johnson, Brook Kelly,  Shane Matthews, Alfredo Padilla, April Parrish, Deloa Parrish, Lindsay Scola, Debbie Sherwood, Joseph & Bridget Yacker.




Washington Trout is looking for a crew to rally at this year’s TrailsFest.  Each year the Washington Trails Association brings together outdoor gear manufacturers, trail guides, pack animal experts, environmental organizations and professionals for a day of outdoor exploration.  The day will be filled with opportunities to learn more about gear, local hiking trails and outdoor opportunities – why not join us at the WT “fashion a fish” booth.  That’s right, this year WT will be out in force teaching children all about wild fish, their habitats and the dangers they face trying to return home.  The best part of the booth will be a chance for every child to create their very own “salmon hat” made popular by students participating in the Environmental Discovery Program.

This is a great opportunity to hang out with like minded, conservation individuals and to pass along information on wild fish to children and their families.  We are looking for energetic and friendly volunteers to cycle through the day so that everyone has a chance to join in on the rest of the festival’s activities (there is even a booth were you can trade in old socks for a new pair of Thorlos!).  If you are interested in signing up please email WT Public-Outreach Coordinator Kristen Durance or call the office at 425-788-1167.

Date: July 16th – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

                        Where:  Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend (Map)

It is going to be a blast so be sure to join us on the 16th – There is no minimum time commitment, so take an hour our two out of your Saturday and come have some fun!

Want to get more involved with Washington Trout? WT appreciates your support and can use your volunteer help in a number of ways including the annual WT auction, educational programs, mailing and office assistance, staffing booths at public events, and participating in membership campaigns and other special events.  Please contact Kristen Durance at [email protected] if you would like to volunteer or have an event you would like mentioned in Wild Fish Runs or on the website!





The WT Store is a fun way to open up the front of our office and make a space where people can come in, learn about Washington Trout, and buy something with the knowledge that all proceeds go to support WT.   New items for the summer include “Disgusting Science” and “Sci-Fi Slime,” kits filled with gooey, messy, fun for the kid in all of us.

We also continue to stock a wide variety of items to appeal to adults, kids, and kids-at-heart: puppets; stuffed animals; scientific games and kits; tools to explore the outdoors; books to educate and entertain all age levels; Burt’s Bees and Bunny’s Bath personal products; art prints by Joseph Tomelleri, Tanya Hill, Jean Ferrier and Tim Harris; chocolate; candles; TOPO! map programs; yummy treats and fun gifts for your dog or cat; and of course, WT logo hats and fleece blankets.  View some of our store items online at

The Washington Trout store is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00am till 5:00pm.  If you need to place an order and can’t make it out to Duvall, contact the office at 425-788-1167 and we’ll be happy to take your order and ship it to you.  We are located on SR 203 at 15629 Main St NE in Duvall, WA.












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