Mixed strategy recommended by independent panel for 2010
NOAA Fisheries wanted to barge all of the salmon from the Snake River around the dams and not spill any water over them because of the low water year that is predicted to be 54% of the normal flow. An independent panel said no and suggested that there be spill and barging due to a host of problems as a result of barging.
Some suggest that NOAA Fisheries wanted to avoid spilling so that more power could be generated by the dams.
Meanwhile the chinook salmon are returning in high numbers over Bonneville Dam with 7762 on the 19th and a cumulative total of 47721 spring chinook this year. You can see the numbers at the Fish Passage Center website.
Panel recommends spilling, barging of salmon
BY KEVIN MCCULLEN, HERALD STAFF WRITER