Dead salmon washing up on Columbia River at Howard Amon Park

Dead salmon washing up on Columbia River at Howard Amon Park

If you’ve recently noticed a foul smell while walking at Howard Amon Park, it’s probably dead salmon. And believe it or not, it’s normal.

After salmon are done spawning, they die. However, state biologists collect the salmon up the river and count them for data before they die. According to Richland Parks and Rec, the biologists will cut them in half and put some of them back in the water, which is good for the environment.

“Eagles will come and eat them,” said Jason Janosky, worker with Richland Parks and Rec. “Otters come, seagulls but yeah so the plant life and everything. It just fertilizes, so it’s nothing to be alarmed. It’s just part of the life cycle.”

Janosky says the smell will only lasts for a few weeks, but he wants to emphasize that this is a yearly occurrence. Some of the dead salmon can be found on the banks of the Columbia River at Howard Amon and Leslie Groves parks.

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