Canada Releases Water To Aid Juvenile Sockeye Migrating Down Okanagan River

Wildlife News

Posted on Friday, September 09, 2016 (PST)

Canada began releasing water from Lake Okanagan last week to help raise water levels downstream to aid migrating juvenile sockeye salmon, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.


The extra flow of water that began August 29 and continued to yesterday raised flows in the Okanagan River at Oroville from the normal low flow level of 250 cubic feet per second to over 1,000 cfs, Ecology said.


As the juveniles migrate downstream, the adult sockeye headed into Canada have completed their migration, with about 170,000 of the fish making it all the way past Zosel Dam, which creates Osoyoos Lake in northern Washington, and into Canada, according to an August 30 email from Dean Allen, resource manager, BC Interior Area, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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