Fish Passage vs the Bottom Line – EWEB Looks at Alternatives to $45 Million Fish Screen and Tunnel For Chinook


The Eugene Water & Electric Board figures it would be cheaper to stop using one of its McKenzie River hydropower dams to produce electricity than to carry out much of a salmon-related upgrade on the dam that’s mandated if the utility wants to keep the structure’s power turbines turning.

The good newsThe utility still would proceed with the second major piece of the fish passage project, building a $12 million fish ladder that salmon coming upriver would use in order to get around the dam and continue up the McKenzie. Complete story here from OPB EARTHFIX: [LINK]

Not only will fish passage help salmon, it would also improve connectivity between Upper Mckenzie bull trout and lower river bull trout. [LINK]

LIDAR mapping of the dam and reservoir: [LINK]