CTUIR, WWCC to host Return to the River Salmon Festival

By on Friday, May 17th, 2024 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College invite the community to celebrate the return of salmon to the Walla Walla River Basin on Saturday during the annual Return to the River Salmon Festival.

The free community event will occur from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the WWCC ball fields on Tausick Way in Walla Walla. Parking is available in the main campus lot.

The day will feature many hands-on opportunities for families including interactive displays, obstacle courses, relay races, painting, and drawing, plus water testing experiments. There will be 40 vendors on site, including WWCC’s Wine Country Culinary Institute food truck.

Lamprey and native fish species will be on display. The release of young salmon will occur at 12:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for the people living in the valley to see and learn about the conservation work going on locally, especially related to the reintroduction of salmon to our basin,” Water and Environmental Center Interim Director Drew Trogstad-Isaacson said.

File photo via WWCC