Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


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Forks Wrestling results and photo of Mike Hirsch - . . . In Friday's Wall St. Journal August 11 a few minutes ago I made a photocopy of an article on an inside page in the A section- and you won't believe this - but people are actually criticizing the Corps of Engineers! I neglected to note the page number but will do that later today --- Title "TERNS JOIN DAMS AS SALMON'S FOE - BUT DONT TELL GORE." [by John J. Fialka] On the north WASHINGTON STATE SIDE of the Columbia River west of Astoria is East Sand Island. "Some 7000 East Caspian terns nest in the sand of this bleak, windswept island planted in the wide estuary of the Columbia River. .. the island the terns are sitting on is made from spoils dredged up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The sandy plateau for their nests was shaped by Marine Corps bulldozers....This ..... was arranged ... hoping to lure the birds away from another Corps dredging project, Rice Island thirteen miles away. There, they were found to be devastating the river's salmon... the. U.S. has spent three billion trying to save the salmon... Caspian terns are late-comers to this convoluted battle... Two scientists [1996] from Oregon discovered an ominous and smelly high tech clue. Curious about the fate of the 85 million to 100 million baby salmon released into the river from government hatcheries every yer, federal researchers began inserting tiny radio transmitters ...PIT tags- into some of the fish. Therory ... was that little fish were being killed by hydroelectric dams or being eaten by larger fish in the ocean. Nobody really suspected the terns until scientists found FORTY THOUSAND of the tags in heaps of tern dung accumulating on Rice Island. Daniel Robey bird ecologist Oregon State ... calculated terns from Rice Island were eating somewhere between six per cent and twenty-five per cent of all the hatchery fish. The findings jolted the region's powerful fish lobby into action. Early last year it sued the Corps of Engineers in federal court in Washington state. ..The Corps built Rice Island in the 1980s as part of its job to keep the shipping channels dredged. The spoils eventually accumulated into a 220-acre island. By 1996 it hosted the largest known colony of Caspian terns in the world, -twenty thousand birds." The article goes on to discuss complications as the birds may be protected by various treaties. Thank you Al Gore! What a lovely mess!
Year: 2000