Sunday, July 24, 2011

North Fork Lewis Fish Passage to Open 117 Miles of Habitat

Starting in 2012 passage facilities on the North Fork Lewis River will provide access to 117 miles of habitat above Merwin dam. While much of the historic habitat has been inundated by three hydroelectric impoundments there is hope that wild salmon and steelhead can benefit from access to high quality spawning areas in the Upper North Fork Lewis watershed. WDFW has worked with PacifiCorp, owner of the three hydroelectric dams to design a fish passage facility that meets regulatory requirements needed to renew the dams licensing. The project will cost 110 million dollars in total. More info in the Seattle Times.

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