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Recently Renovated Hatchery Helping Salmon Runs Break Records

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Grant County PUD says the salmon numbers we're seeing are finally getting back to how the fish populations looked before the dams were built back in the 30's. Grant County PUD says the salmon numbers we're seeing are finally getting back to how the fish populations looked before the dams were built back in the 30's.
GRANT COUNTY, WA - Fall Chinook Salmon are swimming up the Columbia in record numbers.

We took a tour of the priest rapids hatchery out near the dam Thursday with Grant PUD. They say the numbers we're seeing are finally getting back to how the fish populations looked before the dams were built back in the 30's. They believe this is in part thanks to the recent 16 million dollar renovation of their hatchery that requires them to handle 5.6 million of these salmon.

"We had to take every single fish that was coming back to the trap and use it for the hatchery program. These days we've got so many fish coming back that the majority of the fish are not used for the hatchery program."

Where the hatchery has already been successful others are now benefiting.

Many of those surplus fish are actually brought to food banks across the region to help feed the hungry. They hope the hatchery can continue the population trend, which will make for good local fishing as well. 
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