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Salmon Solution

by Bert Bowler
Seattle Times, April 17, 2011

Lower Granite dam, the first dam encountered by Idaho's salmon and steelhead on their downstream migration as juveniles. BPA is struggling with high-water operations in the Columbia and Snake rivers and too much wind capacity. The result is too much electrical generation and too much uncontrolled spill that produces too much nitrogen gas in the water that can be detrimental to both juvenile and adult salmon.

Wind-power capacity could double by 2015. Wind, a renewable resource that does not directly impact salmon, is being considered for curtailment partially because of generation from the lower Snake River dams.

BPA and its federal partners are confronted with listed salmon and what to do about them. For Snake River salmon, the most important populations in the Columbia Basin, lower Snake River dam removal is the best recovery option.

A way out of this dilemma -- take 1,000 aMW (average megawatt) out of the federal hydropower system via lower Snake River dam removal. That will reduce over-generation and allow the growing wind industry to contribute the much needed renewable resource. No dams, no nitrogen.

Related Pages:
PSE's Lower Snake River Wind Project to Boost Power Generation by Cameron Chai, Clean Tech, 4/15/11
Bonneville Power may Shut Down Wind Turbines to Protect Salmon by John Laumer, Treehugger, 4/14/11
Grid Problems Trigger Rolling Wind-Farm Outages in Pacific NW by William Pentland, Forbes, 4/14/11
Wind Turbines Shutdown Possible by David Mance, KAPP TV, 4/13/11
Wind-Power Producers Fight Possible Shutdown of Turbines by Hal Bernton, The Spokesman-Review, 4/10/11
Bonneville Power Plan Creates Buzz in Industry by Bert Caldwell, The Spokesman-Review, 4/10/11

Bert Bowler, Snake River Salmon Solutions, Boise, Idaho
Salmon Solution
Seattle Times, April 17, 2011

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