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Drake contributor Chris Santella recently reported on Washington State’s Elwha River (“Bye-Bye Elwha”) and the removal of its two dams slated for later this month. Additional plans for the river include nonnative fish planting in the middle and upper Elwha in conjunction with a $16 million hatchery funded by taxpayers for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

According to a recent piece in the Seattle Times, “A nonnative run of steelhead will be planted in the Elwha by the tribe, too. Not as part of the recovery plan, but out of concern that otherwise, there won’t be enough fish soon enough for tribal members to catch.

“The hatchery programs are controversial. Wild-fish advocates say they are sick over the use of a hatchery on the Elwha at all, let alone the stocking of a nonnative fish. They grieve the loss of what they see as a unique opportunity to watch a wild river recover on its own.”

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Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.

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