Watch: Sockeye return to Lake Cle Elum

Last week Jeff Burnside and I traveled just over Snoqualmie Pass to Lake Cle Elum to see something that hasn't happened in 100 years. Sockeye salmon, the first to hatch here since the Yakima and Columbia rivers were dammed, returned to the lake to spawn. An effort led by the Yakima Indian Tribe brought 1000 salmon here to spawn 4 years ago, their offspring then traveled out to the Pacific and back again. The salmon needed a little extra help from a truck to get over the last two dams, but the Yakima Tribe hopes this success will be just the beginning and plan to return more species to more lakes.

Here is some of the raw footage we shot, along with the words of 91 year old Yakima Tribal Elder Virginia Beaver.

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