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Colvilles say Yakama fish project interferes in their territory

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WINTHROP — A letter from the Colville Tribes “vigorously” opposing a plan by the Yakama Nation to build an acclimation pond for coho north of Winthrop puts a new twist in salmon recovery in the region.

The comment from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation was one of less than a dozen others submitted by residents and Okanogan County Commissioners on an environmental analysis of the proposal to build a one-third acre pond to hold young coho before releasing them into the adjacent Chewuch River. It asks the Forest Service not to issue a permit, and the Bonneville Power Administration not to fund it.

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