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Hermiston History: Environmental
Groups Protest Fish Facility

by Jade McDowell
Hermiston Herald, September 6, 2019


A protester expresses his gri view of McNary Dam's juvenile fish facility as the dam's commander, Lt. Col. James Weller, officiates at its opening ceremony in 1994. (Hermiston Herald photo) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially unveiled its new juvenile fish facility Thursday at McNary Dam in front of an audience of about 150, including about a dozen protesters from several environmental groups.

"Here's your door prize -- a Corps of Engineers salmon," said Charlie Ray, of Idaho Rivers United, as he handed out rubber fish skeletons.

The protesters focused on an incident in late July where warm water in the facility killed up to 90,000 fall chinook. One came dressed as the Grim Reaper with "Corps of Engineers" painted on the front of the outfit.

"We,re here to let the public and the media know the rest of the story about this proven salmon killer here," Ray said.

The facility is designed to take salmon from the McNary Pool above the dam through a series of pipes. The pipes empty into either the John Day Pool below the dam or into a barge. The barges will transport the fish to below Bonneville Dam -- the last on the Columbia River.

Jade McDowell
Hermiston History: Environmental Groups Protest Fish Facility
Hermiston Herald, September 6, 2019

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