PacifiCorp Wants to Truck Salmon Around Klamath Dam

Perhaps inspired by the recent attention to “aquatic hitchhikers,” PacifiCorp, the west coast utility company that wants to renew its operating license for the Klamath River dam, believes that loading salmon into trucks and dropping them off on the other side of the dam is a good solution to the problem the dam creates for spawning fish. Though there is no official reaction to this latest idea, which could save the company hundreds of millions of dollars, NOAA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and the judge who handed down Wednesday’s ruling feel the company should stick with science and build fish ladders.
“The proposed fish passages would return chinook and endangered coho salmon as well as steelhead and Pacific lamprey to 350 miles of river cut off for more than half a century by the towering hydropower dams.” Eric Bailey in the L.A. Times.

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