High water levels made it difficult for federal and state managers to count salmon all across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta this year, which can have real effects on salmon management in the area. Aaron Webber, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says that high waters can bring more uncertainty to a job that already has plenty of it.

“Tundra turds. I didn’t wanna say it on air, but yeah, tundra turds," Webber said. 

Tundra turds, as they are nicknamed, are basically huge pieces of dirt that break off when river banks are eroded. These can float down the river and get stuck in weirs, which are the fish counting machines used on local rivers.


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