We have an encouraging update in the effort to save the Leaburg Hatchery from closure. As you recall, the final budget reconciliation bill (HB 5050) provides $1.35M for ODFW to operate Leaburg for the next two years. Thousands of CCA members, anglers, and other citizens sent emails, made phone calls, testified and met with legislators in support of securing this funding for Leaburg.
Unfortunately, in recent weeks anti-hatchery activists have been running a campaign urging Governor Kate Brown to veto the Leaburg funding. Last week, Governor Brown released her planned vetoes and the Leaburg Hatchery funding was not on the list! This paves the way for ODFW to receive the funding needed to operate and increase production at the Leaburg Hatchery, which will benefit fisheries across the state, including spring Chinook fishing in the Willamette River.
We would like to thank CCA members, allied organizations, and our champions in the Legislature for their efforts to save the Leaburg Hatchery – an effort that was made even more challenging by the tactics and inaccurate claims of anti-hatchery groups. In this instance, we’re pleased to announce that we prevailed in this important effort to defend responsible, science-based hatchery supplementation.
Santiam Steelhead and Sea Lion Removals. CCA’s efforts were also essential in securing funding for ODFW to restart the Santiam River summer Steelhead hatchery program ($436,000) and to conduct sea lion removal efforts in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers ($49,000). Both programs are good for our fish, fisheries, and enjoyed the support of CCA’s members and key allies in the Legislature!