The Columbia River and Me
Welcome to my website about the Columbia River. This river fascinates and intrigues me. From the first people whose lives were woven into her fabric, through the frenzy of harnessing her waters, and now looking into the future, the Columbia River will prevail. What is our relationship with her and how will that change as we go forward into a new day?
Why do I care? Some things cannot be explained. I suppose you could say I was bit by some kind of Columbia River bug brought on by a series of serendipitous encounters (see Blog -archives-September) and reading great books by others so inflicted (see Recommended Books).
I invite you to join me on my journey through these pages and if you have your own stories about the Columbia River, I’d like to hear from you. She continues to inspire us all as she keeps rolling on…..
Having just returned from taking myself out to the ‘woodshed’ for neglecting my blog for so long…I am called to write, by the recent accidental release of farmed Atlantic Salmon from a fish farm on Cypress Island on the eastern edge of the San Juan Islands. “What the heck does that have to do with the Columbia River?” You might ask…Salmon have this remarkable ability to ‘recolonize’ rivers. So while the Columbia River is an entire coastline away from Puget Sound, it is not unheard of for some of these escapees to make their way down to the Columbia. The impact that farmed salmon have on wild populations, many teetering on the brink of extinction, could be devastating. Sadly ‘spills’ will happen. No matter how cheap or perfect looking that farmed salmon look on the shelf, I encourage you not to support that industry for the sake of our native stocks. Salmon Heading to Every River in Puget Sound Seattle Times August 25, 2017