‘Super’ fish? Salmon may surprise you. But they’re in peril, and need our help.

Decades of dam-building, development and human settlement have transformed the Pacific Northwest and complicated the life cycles of Idaho's salmon and steelhead.
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Decades of dam-building, development and human settlement have transformed the Pacific Northwest and complicated the life cycles of Idaho's salmon and steelhead.

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20 years later, Idaho's salmon are still in danger of disappearing forever

The salmon of the Northwest are the stuff of legends. Pioneers talked of rivers so thick that they were tempted to cross on the backs of the fish. But times have changed, the fish's numbers have plunged, and 13 species were placed on the endangered species list by 1995. Climate change and our network of hydropower dams have helped thwart attempts so far to find a sustainable solution. And it's possible some of our strategies - including our reliance on hatcheries - have backfired.

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