Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ferry Gets A Second Use- As A Fish Taxi

The Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife used the Keller Ferry to release Kokanee Salmon in order to improve fish survival rates.

Due to the early warm weather, water temperatures at all the usual release locations in streams and along the shore were too warm, which can kill the fish.

About 300,000 juvenile Kokanee were released in the center of the river channel in early July where the water temperatures were cooler.  And it all happened without disrupting ferry service and providing a show for passengers.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.