Log jams protect chum during recent floods

The log jams the Squaxin Island Tribe built over the last few years in Skookum Creek provided a critical refuge for chum heading upstream to spawn during the recent floods.  When flows in Skookum Creek reached 750 cfs on Wednesday afternoon (11/12/08), a number of chum like the one visible in this picture rested in the calm water behind some of the logs placed higher up in the floodplain.  Unfortunately, once the fish move upstream of these log jams, they will find far fewer places to rest on their final ~5 mile swim.

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