Posts Tagged ‘Leana Jimenez

09
Feb
13

Natural Barriers: Dougan Falls and Wild Steelhead Purity

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Dougan Falls on the Washougal River; Photo by Leana Jimenez

Well, almost pure strains of wild steelhead make their way above Dougan Falls on the Washougal River. Natural barriers, in this case a waterfall, seem to act as good obstacles to separate out the inferior hatchery steelhead from the wild steelhead. 

Studies have been conducted over the years to chart the passages of hatchery and of wild steelhead in various watersheds. The Washougal River has no man made barriers, only natural barriers in waterfalls.

“On the Washougal, our data indicate that natural passage barriers (waterfalls) effectively isolate returning wild steelhead from straying, hatchery-origin adults. Above Dougan Falls on the Washougal, less than 3% of returning adults have been identified as hatchery origin. Using this data, WDFW determined this area to be a genetic sanctuary…” (Clark-Skamania FF)

Dougan Falls Bill McMillan Pic

Here is a photograph by the legendary Bill McMillan of a wild steelhead leaping its way up and over Dougan Falls.

The Native Fish Society published a study by Bill McMillan re wild steelhead with references to the Washougal River and Dougan Falls

18
Dec
12

Photography: Divided States…Leana Jimenez

Recently, Leana Jimenez of Rebel Photography took this picture along the Columbia River. The photo captures the Interstate Bridge that carries I-5 traffic across the Columbia River and joins Washington and Oregon. I particularly like the light reflected off the water and, it appears, the low hanging clouds. Of particular interest to me is the fact that my mom and dad met crossing this bridge during WWII and were married a few months later…just prior to my dad shipping out overseas.

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Bridge At Night by Leana Jimenez

04
Dec
12

Photography: Empty Bench Waiting…(Leana Jimenez)

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Avid photographer and co-worker, Leana Jimenez captured this shot just outside our office’s front door. The often inviting bench, on a pleasant day, was no where to be sitting today.




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