CLE ELUM, Wash. - More than a century after their runs up the Cle Elum River were wiped out by dams, sockeye salmon are spawning again.
The Yakima Herald-Republic says ( http://is.gd/IIkk05 ) this is the fourth year of an effort to reintroduce this prized salmon species back into the Yakima River Basin.
The Yakama Nation is overseeing the program, which collected Wenatchee and Okanogan sockeye salmon at Priest Rapids Dam east of Yakima about three months ago and trucked them to Lake Cle Elum for release.
A total of 10,000 wild sockeye were released in the lake this year.
Ultimately, the hope is for a self-sustaining run of Yakima River sockeye that will allow for a sport fishery.