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                                 SENATE BILL 5083



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Senators L. Smith, Snyder, Oke and Rasmussen.


Read first time January 18, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Environment & Natural Resources.

Reconstructing salmon hatcheries.

     AN ACT Relating to the reestablishment of salmon hatcheries; adding new sections to chapter 75.52 RCW; and creating a new section.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      The once abundant salmon runs of the Toutle river were destroyed by the eruption of Mount St. Helens.  The department of fisheries has experimented by releasing salmon into Toutle river tributaries.  They have found that the river conditions have sufficiently improved since the eruption of Mount St. Helens to allow for productive salmon hatchery operation.  The legislature finds that it is of prime importance to reestablish the Toutle river fish runs by reopening the Toutle river hatcheries.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 75.52 RCW to read as follows:

     The department shall reconstruct and operate the previously state-funded salmon hatcheries in the Toutle river watershed at their maximum production capacity level.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.      The department of fisheries shall request full funding from the federal government for the reconstruction and operation of the Green river salmon hatchery, located on the Green river tributary to the Toutle river.  The Green river hatchery shall operate at full productive capacity.  The department shall work with the Washington congressional delegation in order to achieve full funding for the Toutle river salmon hatchery program.