Fisheries Update: Ladders Save Salmon


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Wed, 07/09/2008 - 5:00pm

Agency calls for
Willamette dam fish passage--Kboo's Nathan Jimenez has the story:
A federal agency
says three dams in the Willamette Valley should have fish passage structures if
the stream's Chinook salmon and Steelhead are to avoid extinction.
The National
Marine Fisheries Service released an assessment
Friday of the operation of the 13
dams in the Willamette River
The Chinook and Steelhead are protected by the Endangered Species Act.
The agency says
the dams and other parts of the basin's flood control project keep them out of
their historic spawning grounds upstream and damage their habitat downstream.
The agency says
the three fish passage structures should be
finished by 2023. It calls for a
variety of other measures to keep
fish populations going in the meantime.

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