Biologists Rush to Yakima Slide Scene

November 20, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Last month’s gigantic landslide in Washington state’s Cascade Range forced the Naches River out of it’s normal path and threatened to strand bull trout and migrating steelhead, so dozens of biologists have been working frantically to transport fish out of isolated pools. “The landslide that inundated the Naches River last month created a barrier of millions of cubic yards of silt, mud and rock that slowed — and likely confused — spawning salmon and hungry trout. Then workers opened a freshly dug river channel that stranded small fish in ponds and marshes.” Shannon Dininny for the Associated Press.

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