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Third tribal salmon release scheduled Friday

A man releases a salmon into the Columbia River on Friday August 9, 2019. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation released 30 salmon into the Columbia, Friday. (Eli Francovich / The Spokesman-Review)
A man releases a salmon into the Columbia River on Friday August 9, 2019. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation released 30 salmon into the Columbia, Friday. (Eli Francovich / The Spokesman-Review)

The Colville Tribes plan to release 30 more salmon into the Upper Columbia River on Friday. It’s the third release in as many weeks.

The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. with the release scheduled for 10 near Kettle Falls. Drive to the junction of Highway 385 and Highway 20 (west of Kettle Falls) and then follow signs north on Highway 395 to the release site.

On Aug. 9, the tribes released 30 salmon into the Columbia River upstream of the Chief Joseph Dam. Last Friday, they released more salmon into the Sanpoil arm of the Columbia.

The releases are part of a larger effort to permanently reintroduce salmon into the Upper Columbia River. The migratory fish were extirpated from the Upper Columbia when Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams were built in the mid-20th century.

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