Mention the words, "Salmon in the City" and it will conjure a variety of images and beliefs. One common belief is that there is little we can do for salmon and steelhead in urban areas. By definition, cities are densely packed with people, cars, roads, and buildings with a legacy of impacts to water, soil, and air quality. What we understand as properly functioning conditions for salmon and steelhead including intact riparian forests, functioning floodplains, and cold, clean water can be severely altered to virtually non-existent in urban environments.
Historically, fish restoration efforts were concentrated in the more intact, less urbanized watersheds. However, it is becoming clearer that as human populations and urban centers continue to spread across the landscape that salmon and steelhead depend on, we can't overlook the urban areas.
In order to justify the costs and sacrifices that will surely be associated with adequately addressing salmon and steelhead and their habitats, it will be important to understand the impacts of urbanization, how these impacts might be minimized or eliminated and how fish will respond to restoration efforts.
This one day symposium will begin to look at these
and other related questions.
NOTE: If you are looking for the
Salmon in the City: Urban Design + Ecology event on October 27 being
organized by Salmon Safe, please follow this link:
in the City flyer
Financial assistance provided by the City of Portland and ENTRIX.
Background art: Dugald Stermer www.goodnaturepublishing.com
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