Dam project creates jobs, helps fish

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Soda Springs Dam on the North Umpqua River is undergoing a $60 million renovation to improve fish passage.

The project will create over 100 jobs and improve more than six miles of habitat to allow chinook, steelhead, coho and pacific lamprey more room to grow.

"It's hard to imagine that in just 18 months, fish will be swimming upstream of the dam for the first time in 50 years," said Monte Garrett, the program manager for the Soda Springs fish passage project.

The project on the North Umpqua River is a result of a 2001 agreement signed by PacifiCorp and seven state and federal agencies for relicensing of the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Work began at the site June 29.

Read more at Capital Press.

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