Salmon hatchery planned for Chief Joseph Dam and hydro project in Washington

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has approved plans for a hatchery at the Chief Joseph Dam to help rebuild salmon runs in the upper Columbia River watershed, wire services reported.

The $40 million project will be funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.

The project is awaiting final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the dam and owns property where the hatchery would be built. The hatchery would produce up to 2.9 million smolts a year, reports indicate.

In other news, the Corps of Engineers is preparing to install new turbine equipment to boost efficiency and power generation at the 2,457.3-MW Chief Joseph Dam hydroelectric project.

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