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Dear WaterWatch Supporter,

Please help restore the Rogue Basin's salmon and steelhead runs by removing two of Oregon's highest priority fish barriers! 

Feilder Dam by Scott Wright

Fielder Dam

Please ask the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to support WaterWatch’s Fielder and Wimer dam removals project on Evans Creek, an important spawning tributary of the Rogue River.

The Board will make its decision at its April 29th meeting - so please let OWEB know today that you support this important dam removal project!

Removing Fielder and Wimer dams would be one of the most significant steps that we can take to help protect and restore the Rogue River's incredible steelhead and salmon fishery. Each year that goes by, these obsolete dams continue to harm salmon and steelhead and limit fish production in Evans Creek and the Rogue Basin as a whole.
 
Evans Creek supports fall chinook salmon, coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, suckers, and lamprey. Above these dams, approximately nineteen miles of habitat is available for fall chinook production, sixty miles for coho salmon production, and seventy miles for steelhead production.
 
Both state and federal agencies have identified Evans Creek, and restoring access to high quality fish habitat in its upper reaches, as important to the recovery of southern Oregon coho salmon. Just last year, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials ranked these two dams among the top ten most significant fish barriers on Oregon’s 2013 Statewide Fish Passage Priority List.

Coho jumping against Wimer Dam

Coho jumping against Wimer Dam

Prior to the placement of these two dams on the state Priority List, numerous biologists had concluded that the dams’ outdated fish ladders are inadequate, and block or impede passage of coho salmon, fall chinook salmon, summer and winter steelhead, Pacific lamprey, suckers, and cutthroat trout. The National Marine Fisheries Service has specifically identified Fielder and Wimer Dam removal as a priority for salmon recovery.
 
There is a lot of positive momentum behind this project. The landowners have consented to dam removal and have agreed to allow access to their property for that purpose. WaterWatch is working in partnership with ODFW, Geos Institute, American Rivers, federal agencies, sportfishing organizations, and others to secure funding to remove these dams. Some survey work and LiDar data collection at the sites has already been performed.  
 
Let's keep up the momentum! Please help us move this worthy project forward without delay!

Contact Information:
 

Please send letters to Tom Byler, OWEB Executive Director via email at tom.byler@oweb.state.or.us or regular mail at 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 360, Salem, OR 97301-1290. To ensure your voice is heard by OWEB, please write today! OWEB generally requests written testimony be submitted at least two weeks prior to meetings. 

The OWEB Board will make grant award decisions at its April 29th-30th meeting in Bandon. If you are able to attend, there will be a public comment period prior to the Board’s decisions. Currently, the public comment period and Board awards are scheduled for Tuesday, April 29th. However, as with all Board agendas, the schedule is subject to change. Please be sure to check on the meeting agenda on OWEB’s webpage.

 

 

Thank you for helping to Free the Rogue!

WaterWatch of Oregon


Sample Letter

Tom Byler
Executive Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
775 Summer Street, Suite 360
Salem, OR  97301-1290
Email: tom.byler@oweb.state.or.us


RE: Support for WaterWatch's OWEB Grant Request - Fielder and Wimer Dam Removals Phase I
 
Dear Mr. Byler and Members of the Board:
 
I strongly support WaterWatch of Oregon’s Fielder and Wimer dam removals project on Evans Creek and urge OWEB to approve WaterWatch’s request in respect to this worthy project. Removing these two dams would be one of the most significant steps that we can take at this time to help protect and restore the Rogue River's incredible steelhead and salmon fishery. Each year that goes by, these harmful dams continue to harm salmon and steelhead and limit fish production in Evans Creek and the Rogue Basin.
 
An important spawning tributary, Evans Creek supports fall chinook salmon, coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, suckers, and lamprey. Above these dams, approximately nineteen miles of habitat is available for fall chinook production, sixty miles for coho salmon production, and seventy miles for steelhead production.
 
Both state and federal agencies have identified Evans Creek, and restoring access to high quality fish habitat in its upper reaches, as important to the recovery of southern Oregon coho salmon. Just last year, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials ranked these two dams among the top ten most significant fish barriers on Oregon’s 2013 Statewide Fish Passage Priority List.
 
Prior to the placement of these two dams on the state Priority List, numerous biologists had concluded that the dams’ outdated fish ladders are inadequate, and block or impede passage of coho salmon, fall chinook salmon, summer and winter steelhead, Pacific lamprey, suckers, and cutthroat trout. The National Marine Fisheries Service has specifically identified Fielder and Wimer Dam removal as a priority for salmon recovery.
 
There is a lot of positive momentum behind this project. The landowners have consented to dam removal and have agreed to allow access to their property for that purpose. WaterWatch is working in partnership with ODFW, Geos Institute, American Rivers, federal agencies, sportfishing organizations and others to secure funding to remove these dams. Some survey work and LiDar data collection at the sites has already been performed.  
 
Please fund this worthy project without delay. It is good for the Rogue Basin, good for salmon and steelhead, and good for the state. 

 

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