Quote:What species of fish have been affected?
We've seen a recent increase in the number of young Chinook salmon. Coho salmon have also seen a spike, as have chum salmon, bull trout, and steelhead. Eulachon also showed up in the estuary for the first time in a long time, and in abundance. (These small fish are so oily they can be lit on fire, and they are an important food source for many animals.)
Have the fish resulted in other changes to the environment?
Yes. There is new habitat for Dungeness crabs, clams, and other species. For birds it's been twofold. The new delta has formed a resting area for gulls. And the boom in fish has led to a fantasia of birds feeding on them.
We're also seeing a beautiful beach develop from all the new sediment coming down the river. The shoreline has gone from rough cobbles that looked like a lunar landscape to a fine sand that rivals any beach in the Northwest.