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Clearwater Steelhead Go
Belly Up Below Dworshak Dam

by Rich Landers
Spokesman-Review, November 17, 2016

Dworshak Dam inundated the largest steelhead habitat in the world.  Downstream is now the largets steelhead hatchery facility in the world. FISHING -- During the past week, approximately 200 dead adult steelhead have been discovered in the tailrace just below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dworshak Dam on the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

Corps officials say the exact cause of the mortalities is still under investigation, "but initial information points to steelhead injuries associated with non-routine upgrades of the Dam’s turbine unit 2, specifically new digital governor commissioning."

"The Corps had requested an assessment from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at Dworshak Fish Hatchery, which found the steelhead mortalities were likely caused by contact with structural features of the turbine unit."

Related Pages:
Dworshak Dam Changed Economy by Rich Landers, Clearwater Tribune, 11/16/16


Rich Landers
Clearwater Steelhead Go Belly Up Below Dworshak Dam
Spokesman-Review, November 17, 2016

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