In Washington State, inmates save salmon.

Author:Gormsen, Lia
Position:Brief article

After the Washington State Department of Natural Resources cut funding for an inmate firefighting crew based at Belfair's Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women, 50 of the facility's 180 inmates were left with too much time on their hands, reported The Seattle Times. Mission Creek solved the problem by partnering with the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, which works to restore salmon habitats.

Each Monday, groups of eight women from the minimum-security prison are taken to the rivers and streams around the Hood Canal, where they are paid $1 per hour to spray knotweed, a noxious weed that destroys salmon habitats. According to Julie Easton, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group's volunteer coordinator, each group of women can complete a half-mile eradication...

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