Return to the River festival to celebrate salmon

The daylong celebration is set for Saturday at Walla Walla Community College.

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WALLA WALLA -- A daylong celebration Saturday will mark the resurrection of salmon runs in the Walla Walla River.

The second annual Return to the River salmon festival will be held at Walla Walla Community College. Activities begin at 10 a.m. at the William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center and will continue through the afternoon.

Among events will be children's activities, a sidewalk art exhibition and interactive exhibits about salmon restoration and the ecology of the Walla Walla River. A performance by dancers from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will take place during luncheon.

A watershed symposium will be held starting at 10 a.m. with the first speaker being Steve Martin, director of the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board. Martin's presentation will be on the history and status of salmon recovery in the Walla Walla River basin, including the return of salmon to the river after nearly a century.

The symposium's second speaker will be Eric Quaempts, director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Quaempts will speak on how science and native culture are being integrated in the tribe's management of natural resources in the basin.

More information is available at 524-2506.

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