Rather than wait for another 50 to 100 years, members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe are hoping hatchery fish will hasten the return of the salmon to the Elwha river.

The tribe built the new fish hatchery, which was finished in May, as part of the Elwha River restoration project.

Because of the dams, only five miles of the Elwha river have been available for use as salmon spawning grounds for nearly the last century.

Following dam removal, which begins in September, salmon will regain access to about 65 miles of the river. The first salmon from the Lower Elwha hatchery will be release next May and the tribe plans release about 1.5 million fish annually throughout river system.

Produced by Katie Campbell at KCTS 9 in Seattle.

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