But Cook Inlet is unique for another less inspiring reason: it’s the only coastal water body in the nation where the oil and gas industry is legally permitted to dump billions of gallons of toxic waste each year.
The future of wild Alaska salmon runs depends on a precautionary management approach that provides clear regulations that afford the predictability that industry desires.
When we run into Alaskans who are out on the river fishing and we tell them we are collecting water temperature data, they like to offer up their best guess at what they think the temperature is. And they are often very close. These Alaskans know that temperature can alter fish movement and behavior and, more importantly, whether the “bite is on”.
Was the Deshka warm again? Check out our new report on stream temperature monitoring results from 2012. This was our fifth year of collecting water temperature data in 48 non-glacial salmon streams around the Cook Inlet watershed.