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Army Corps Does Not Agree

by Keith Carlson
Lewiston Tribune, September 9, 2021

(Blaine Harden) Little Goose and other federal dams have been ordered to spill water to keep migrating salmon in the Snake River, avoiding potentially deadly turbines. In a well-written commentary opinion in the Aug. 29 Lewiston Tribune, Marvin Dugger championed the barging of salmon and steelhead as the answer for saving our fish.

He also claimed that the spilling of out migrating smolts over the dams does not work.

He finished by incorrectly stating that the Army Corps of Engineers shared his ideas.

In the recent environmental impact statement for Columbia River System Operations, the Corps of Engineers evaluated four options before arriving at a preferred alternative.

Multiple Objective Alternative 2 evaluated transportation (barging).

This alternative was rejected by the Corps as failing to achieve the goal of increasing smolt survival.

In its preferred alternative, the Corps proposed that spill of smolts over the dams be increased and concluded that this option had an improved chance of smolt survival.

The Corps acknowledged that removal of the four lower Snake River dams had the best result for survival of our fish but rejected that option for other reasons.

Keith Carlson, Lewiston
Army Corps Does Not Agree
Lewiston Tribune, September 9, 2021

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