Tag Archives: Fish Ladders/Fish Passages

Planning underway to replace Wallowa Dam

A fix for the aging Wallowa Lake Dam is on the horizon with $14 million from the state of Oregon and a series of stakeholder meetings on the calendar. Gov. Kate Brown included $16 million in her proposed 2020-2021 biennium budget to rehabilitate the 103-year-old dam. Source: Planning underway to replace Wallowa Dam

Projects reopen habitats for salmon

As vehicles flow over a new bridge at Wildhorse Creek in Athena next month, salmon and lamprey will be flowing underneath for the first time in nearly a century. Source: Projects reopen habitats for salmon

Can a $500 million project save endangered salmon and steelhead?

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans for a $500 million project to improve native fish runs on North Santiam River, there was a lot of skepticism. The plan, which includes building a 300-foot temperature control tower and fish passage system at Detroit Dam, was criticized by environmental groups, local anglers and local politicians. […]
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More spring Chinook returning to Deschutes Basin

46 upper basin spring Chinook have returned, compared to five that returned last year. The number of spring chinook returning from the Pacific Ocean is down this year across the Northwest. But there is reason for optimism for spring chinook that originated in the Deschutes River Basin. Source: More spring Chinook returning to Deschutes Basin; […]
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Report: Fish Passage Above Grand Coulee Can Be Done

Columbia River tribal leaders pressed their case on Tuesday for returning salmon and steelhead to more than 100 miles of habitat that has been blocked for decades by two large dams. It’s been nearly 80 years since salmon and steelhead made it past Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams in Washington’s Upper Columbia Basin. It’s […]
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Detroit Lake won’t be emptied for major fish construction project

Turns out they won’t need to empty Detroit Lake after all. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to build a 300-foot tower and floating screen at Detroit Dam to improve water temperature and fish passage for salmon and steelhead in the North Santiam River. Source: Detroit Lake won’t be emptied for major fish construction […]
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Wallowa Mountain Loop Road construction set to improve fish and human passage

Construction on a well-traveled stretch of the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road scheduled for 2019 will improve fish and human passage to federal lands. Part of the $8 million reconstruction project beginning at the intersection of the Loop Road and Imnaha Highway includes replacing three culverts with an open bottom bridge, which will improve fish passage for […]
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Dam lawsuit battle moves closer to a conclusion

The yearslong battle over one of Central Oregon’s oldest dam complexes could be nearing a conclusion, after a federal judge’s ruling. Last week, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon denied a motion to revisit a decision earlier this year, in which he ruled in favor of Portland General Electric in its management of the Pelton-Round Butte […]
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River upgrades power increase in fish runs

Portland General Electric biologists report more fish returning to Clackamas River from the ocean. It’s a good time to be a fish in the Clackamas River. Source: Pamplin Media Group – River upgrades power increase in fish runs

Fixing for a fish

What may be the largest return in decades of wild fall chinook salmon to Bear Creek will get a helping hand through Medford, where a combination of drought and concrete fish barriers threaten to bog them down in downtown. State fish biologists used sandbags Tuesday to control creek flow over an abandoned sewer pipe and […]
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