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Salmon released above dam mark first of their kind in 79 years


Last updated 8/21/2019 at 11:04am

- Jacob Wagner photo

The first salmon above Grand Coulee Dam is released Friday by Colville Tribes elder Barb Aripa.

The Colville Tribes released 30 Chinook salmon at the Keller boat launch, just north of the Keller Ferry, on Aug.16, the first time salmon have been above the Grand Coulee Dam in nearly 80 years.

Roughly 300 people attended the event in which people formed two parallel, single-file lines stretching from a Colville Tribes Fish and Wildlife truck containing the salmon, to the shore.

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