The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on February 22, 2000.
Rick Klinge, Fisheries Biologist with the District, reviewed the sockeye salmon enhancement program options with the commissioners. There have been recent discussions with Canadian fisheries parties on Okanogan sockeye. The existing sockeye program at Cassimer Bar at the mouth of the Okanogan River has been operating for seven years and shown little success. For the past two years, the District has pursued moving the program into British Columbia where the natural production occurs. Earlier this month there was some positive discussion with the Canadian fisheries parties and a series of preferred options were communicated to the District. Options included a spawning channel and some restoration of natural features in the Okanogan River. The plan will be reviewed in the near future by the Wells Coordinating Committee, which consists of fisheries managers in the United States. The Commission expressed their appreciation to Mr. Klinge and gave their support for the proposed plan.