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New Turbines at Ice Harbor Dam
Aims to Improve Fish Passage

by Associated Press
Yakima Herald, May 14, 2016

Lt. Col. Timothy Vail, commander of the Walla Walla District of the Army Corps of Engineers, adds his name to a list of signatures of key participants on a new high-tech turbine at Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River near Burbank. The new fish friendly and higher-efficiency stainless steel turbine will be installed during a 14-month process. Watch a video at (Bob Brawdy photo) BURBANK, Wash. -- Crews are installing new state-of-the-art turbines at the Ice Harbor Lock and Dam on the Snake River in southeast Washington.

Bonneville Power Administration says the new turbines are expected be more efficient as well as improve conditions for fish that pass through the turbine area of the dam.

BPA, the federal agency that markets power from federal dams in the Pacific Northwest, is paying for the $58 million project to replace runners on two turbines. Runners are the parts that rotate in water to generate power.

Several agencies collaborated on the design and installation of the turbine, including BPA, Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA Fisheries and the contractor.

The first turbine is scheduled to be up and running with 12 to 14 months.

Associated Press
New Turbines at Ice Harbor Dam Aims to Improve Fish Passage
Yakima Herald, May 14, 2016

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