Skokomish watershed work helps fish


The last major barriers for salmon passage in the Skokomish River watershed are about to disappear.

Green Diamond Resource Co. put the finishing touches this week on a busy summer of work that included removal of a Tacoma Power diversion dam and replacement of three outdated road culverts with bridges over McTaggert and Gibbons creeks.

The $500,000 project will open more than three miles of fish habitat currently blocked by culverts, as well as the dam just north of the High Steel Bridge near U.S. Forest Service Road 2340 on the southeast side of the Olympic Peninsula, above Hood Canal.

“Those are the last major anadromous-fish barriers in the Skokomish watershed,” said Mike Anderson, a senior resource analyst with the Wilderness Society and member of the Skokomish Watershed Action Team, a group of landowners, government agencies and conservation groups as well as the Skokomish tribe, all working on restoring the health of a watershed degraded by decades of clear-cut logging, road and dam building and other human activities.