Since 1998, Washington Water Trust has designed solutions that respect and honor the needs of all parties involved with remarkable results. For the first time in three-quarters of a century, steelhead are reaching, and spawning in, Salmon Creek a tributary of the Okanogan River. For the first time in more than a century, salmon are reaching 30 miles of premier spawning habitat in upper Taneum Creek, a tributary to the Yakima River.
With flows improved, South Prairie Creek, the most important spawning tributary in the Puyallup River watershed, is once again a highly productive spawning ground for six species of salmon, as well as steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. For the same reason, endangered steelhead, threatened bull trout and reintroduced Chinook salmon are spawning once again in the Touchet River, the largest tributary of the Walla Wall River.
Pulled back from the brink of collapse, Cascade Creek, one of the last salmon-bearing streams in the San Juan Islands, is now flourishing as an ecological, recreational and educational resource.
No matter where these success stories unfold--Teanway River Valley, Dungeness River Water Exchange, Cowiche Creek, Loup Loup Creek--the moral remains the same--collaborations works.
Washington Water Trust believes that when we start from a place of mutual respect, when we think with passion, compassion and creativity, we do no have to choose between fish or farms, between one absolute or another. When we start from a place of mutual respect, where we end up is--together.