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Fish Passage Upgrades Proposed For Fall Creek Dam

Fall Creek Dam and Lake
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fall Creek Dam and Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to upgrade the fish collection facility at Fall Creek Dam. The enhancements would improve passage for Willamette River Chinook, steelhead, and other native fish. Scott Clemans is a Spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland. He says the proposed upgrades are designed to reduce the amount of contact with the fish.

Fall Creek Dam and Lake
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fall Creek Dam and Lake

Clemans: "Because physical handling means stress, and stress often results in fish dying before they are able to spawn."

Clemans says in the existing facility, the fish have to be lifted by hand out of the tank and placed in a transport truck.

Clemans: "The new facility will allow us to transfer the fish from the holding tank into the transport truck without us physically having to handle them."

The upgrades are part of a broader effort to implement provisions of the 2008 Willamette Biological Opinions. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on the upgrades through December 12 th.


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