21 episodes

Annika Fain, a hydrologist and owner of Fain Environmental, hosts NW Fish Passage podcast. She interviews people who are passionate about working collaboratively to improve the environment for fish, people, and other animals. Her guests bring unique perspectives to their experiences with ecosystem restoration.

NW Fish Passage Annika Fain

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Annika Fain, a hydrologist and owner of Fain Environmental, hosts NW Fish Passage podcast. She interviews people who are passionate about working collaboratively to improve the environment for fish, people, and other animals. Her guests bring unique perspectives to their experiences with ecosystem restoration.

    Episode 21. Rena Priest – I Sing the Salmon Home

    Episode 21. Rena Priest – I Sing the Salmon Home

    In this episode, Annika Fain interviews Rena Priest. Rena Priest is an enrolled member of the Lhaq'temish (Lummi) Nation. She served two years as Washington State's 6th Poet Laureate (2021-2023). Her work has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the Allied Arts Foundation, Academy of American Poets, Indigenous Nations Poets, University of Washington Libraries, and Nia Tero. She is the author of three books and editor of two anthologies, including I Sing the Salmon Home: Poems from Washington State. Learn more at nwfishpassage.com and renapriest.com. Enjoy!  

    • 29 min
    Episode 20. April McEwen-American Rivers

    Episode 20. April McEwen-American Rivers

    In this episode, April McEwen, River Restoration Project Manager at American Rivers, talks about a variety of dam removal projects she is involved in. She discusses projects she has done since our last podcast about the Middle Fork Nooksack Fish Passage in 2020 (Episode 7).  She talks in detail about the Barrel Springs and Kellogg Creek dam removal projects. April talks about the importance of partnerships and collaboration in both of these projects. Barrel Springs was completed last summer in Skagit County, Washington. This project involved removing a 12-foot-tall dam and providing access to a natural cold-water springs. The Kellogg Creek Restoration and Community Enhancement Project will include removing a dam that blocks 14 acres of habitat in Milwaukee, Oregon. NOAA has awarded 15 million federal infrastructure grant to the Kellogg Project for stream health, salmon, transportation, and access to nature. For more websites referred to in this episode please visit: nwfishpassage.com. Enjoy!  
     

    • 26 min
    Emily Howe – Nature Conservancy – Aquatic and Estuarine Ecologist

    Emily Howe – Nature Conservancy – Aquatic and Estuarine Ecologist

    In this episode, Annika interviews Emily Howe, an aquatic and estuarine ecologist at The Nature Conservancy of Washington.   She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, with a focus on estuarine restoration and food web ecology in tidally-influenced ecosystems.  Emily’s work integrates across ecosystem boundaries, investigating how landscape configuration and management shapes cross-boundary relationships for food webs, organisms, and ecosystem processes.  She is currently working at the nexus of forest management impacts on snow, stormwater pollution and green infrastructure, and freshwater and marine restoration ecology- all with an eye towards the impacts of climate change.  
    Enjoy!  

    • 26 min
    Episode 18. Darrell Gray - Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

    Episode 18. Darrell Gray - Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

    In this episode, Annika Fain interviews Darrell Gray. Since 1995, Darrell has been a project manager at Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA).
    The NSEA team enhances river, creek, and riparian habitat while educating people of all ages to provide Pacific salmon and Steelhead the best chance at survival. Since 2005, Darrell has facilitated the removal of 132 culverts that were partial or full barriers to fish passage and opened up over 160 miles of upstream habitat. He is excited about upcoming projects that will open up many more miles of upstream habitat. He encourages people to follow your passion and be persistent.  Enjoy!  
     

    • 26 min
    Debra Lekanoff – State Representative -Advocate for Salmon, Natural Environment, and People

    Debra Lekanoff – State Representative -Advocate for Salmon, Natural Environment, and People

    In this episode, Annika Fain interviews Debra Lekanoff, a Washington State Representative. Debra represents the 40th legislative district and is currently the only Native American woman that serves in the Legislature. She is part Tlingit, salmon people, and part Aleut, seal people, from Southeast Alaska, and has lived in the Skagit Valley for over 20 years. She has over 20 years of government experience and has brought people together to collaborate on many issues. Debra talks about what salmon and the natural environment mean to her. She presents critical ideas about conservation and creating a common baseline for restoration. Debra provides advice on how scientists and engineers can interact more effectively with the public. Also, she talks about legislation that will benefit generations to come. Enjoy!  

    • 17 min
    Episode 16. Sea Potential – Savannah Smith and Ebony Welborn

    Episode 16. Sea Potential – Savannah Smith and Ebony Welborn

    In this episode, Annika interviews Savannah Smith and Ebony Welborn, marine scientists and founders of Sea Potential. Sea Potential is a program that connects BIPOC youth to marine environments and maritime industry. Savannah and Ebony talk about what motivated them to study marine science, join EarthCorps, and start SEA Potential. They provide insight about some ideas about what businesses can do to make workplaces more inclusive. Also, they talk about their vision for the upcoming years and programs they are developing to work with youth. Enjoy!  

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Rationalsapien ,

Get the inside scoop on salmon restoration in the NW

There is more to it than you might think.

cat_girl23 ,

Interesting

Great overview of the history of NW fish passage!

sar333333 ,

Informative

Good history lesson and background to fish passage issues

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