Monday, December 7, 2009

Satus Dam Removal

Amid a number of high profile dam removal projects that happened in 2009 the removal of Satus Dam seemingly slipped through the cracks. Despite the lack of coverage, removing Satus Dam will greatly benefit ESA listed steelhead. Satus Creek is one of the most productive spawning tributaries of the lower Yakima and removing the dam will allow increased flood plain connectivity improving habitat for miles below the dam. It will also allow easier migration for anadromous and resident fish as they move through the system to their spawning grounds. Removal was funded by NOAA and American Rivers and was carried out by the Yakama Nation. Background on the removal project from the Yakima Herald.

Also, see information on Satus from American Rivers in a report they released on all the dam
removal projects of 2008.

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