Salmon Season Begins on the Okanagan River
The largest surviving spawning population of sockeye in the Columbia River system, that once brought salmon deep into the Rocky Mountains, is found in one section of the Okanagan River north of Oliver. Here the blue-bunched wheatgrass, big sage, antelope brush, and ponderosa pine ecosystems meet in extensive wetlands and the high bluffs that rise above them. It has largely been cleared for orchards, vineyards, mobile home parks, and an electrical transformer station. The restoration of this dredged and wounded river to this natural state is an art project of the deepest respect. Well, at least that’s what the British Columbia government was talking about six years ago. Now they’re talking about money. Which is the kind of talk that wounded the river in the first place. More on that tomorrow.