NRCS: Sacred River

[Live Native American Music] I am a fisherman I am a water person. I
am a survivor of the great flood and it’s our way of life. [Boad engine] [Live Native American Music] You know really to the untrained eye
when you walk up to a river your first thought is wow this is this is beautiful.
I see clear water. I hear water flowing. I see trees along the banks. What’s wrong
with this river? And really, we did a lot of logging in these river valleys and
change the composition of the forest that lined the rivers and some of the first
things that we took were the large logs. That is one of the main reasons and
NRCS is working with our partners to try to recreate this habitat we’re adding
fuel back into the river system that was removed several hundred years ago and
the great thing about this is we restore the basic ingredients and let the river
do the restoration. The river will finish the recipe for us in time. So this project is part of a long-term restoration strategy on the upper South
Fork Nooksack River to recover chinook salmon for the Lummi people and put
large wood back in the river and create the habitat that’s needed for salmon.
From there it’s sort of lincoln logs of placing all the other logs on top to
create the structure. Now all of this is done to the specifications of the
engineering design, the log jams are designed to withstand 100-year flood
flows, they’re designed to be very stable. And then those juvenile salmon need cool
clean water, pools to hide with cover as they’re growing before they make their
way down the river to the estuary and then eventually the ocean. [Music] The salmon come up to the Lummi
reservation in the Nooksack River. It’s important for our people, the Lummi Nation, for salmon because we are Salish people and we need salmon to survive. That’s our history
with salmon. We better try to protect or preserve what we have left. Protect our
“Sche’lang’en” and our way of life. [Music] Anything we can do as an agency to help
with that salmon population is going to really allow the farms that we need in
this area for growing our crops and the salmon that we need for our ecosystem
and for our own values to really coexist. And so wherever NRCS can help and
further these goals it’s really going to help preside the salmon populations along
with the farmland that we’re traditionally working with. [Music] We need help. All Lummi Nation people appreciate the help
we can get from NRCS.

2 thoughts on “NRCS: Sacred River

  1. Wow 1 million dollars sounds impressive. The Fed can print as much as they want so why not 1 trillion?

  2. Photos can be seen at Engineered Log Jams on Lummi Nation Reservation:

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