Monday, October 28, 2013

Lower Columbia Fish Recovery

One of the yearly activities I engage in is site visits for projects proposed for funding by the Lower Columbia River Fish Recovery Board.   The projects that we are looking at are intended to help recover salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act.  Fish recovery boards were established by the State of Washington in the late 1990’s to coordinate recover actions and administer State and Federal funds for fisheries restoration.  Generally, the process works like this:

·        the recovery board announces the availability and timeline for applications for a new funding round;

·        meets with project proponents to explain the application process;

·        receives draft applications from applicants;

·        schedules site visits for proposed projects;

·        schedules a draft review with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC);

·        provides comments back to applicants to incorporate into final applications;

·        schedules a final project review and ranking with the TAC;

·        presents the TAC recommended project list to the board for approval.

There are a few other steps at the State level, but basically this is the process that starts again the following year.  Below are photos taken during this years’first-day site visits for proposed projects in May.

Rock Creek looking upstream from the bridge.  This is a preservation project to maintain good conditions in a productive stream.

Rock Creek in the Lewis River Basin.  Sometimes conditions can be hazardous.  Proposed project is land acquisition to protect existing habitat values.

This is a side-channel site on the East Fork Lewis River that is being proposed as a design project to improve habitat conditions.  The East Fork Lewis River can be seen in the background.

Upper Daybreak Park site on the East Fork Lewis River, site of proposed project to add cover and habitat complexity for fish.  Note the lack of features in the existing channel, as well as bank erosion on the meander bend.

This is a site on the East Fork Lewis River near the town of La Center Washington.  The project is a design project to augment fish habitat in the existing wetland.

Submitted by Ron Rhew

Monday, October 21, 2013

Smoked Salmon and Cheddar Cheese Biscuits Recipe

Salty and cheesy with an orange tint from the carrot juice; these biscuits are splendid as well as nutritious and a worthy replacement for cookies as an after school snack during this festive Halloween season. It’s fun to watch the kids decorate the biscuits and gobble them up fresh out of the oven!

Yield: 12 large biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus more for brushing
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely diced smoked salmon
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice2 eggs, beaten


  • 12 black or green olives

Brush on Top:

  •  2 tablespoons butter, melted
  •  ½ teaspoon paprika powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour with the sugar, baking powder, salt and paprika.
  3. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or two knives, until it's the size of large peas.
  4. Stir in the cheese and salmon and make a well in the center.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the carrot juice and eggs. Pour the liquid into the well and quickly stir until the dough is well combined and holds together.
  6. Drop dough in 12 equal mounds about 2 inches apart onto a buttered large baking sheet.
  7. Flatten with fork and decorate with olive pieces.
  8. Bake in middle of oven until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.
  9. When biscuits come out of the oven, use a brush to spread butter/paprika over the tops of all the biscuits. Serve hot.
Submitted by Valerie Sinesky