Salmon advocates ask for water over dams

Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2008

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Salmon advocates and the state of Oregon are asking a federal judge to order more water spilled over Columbia River dams to help young salmon migrate downriver to the ocean.

The motion for an injunction was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

It is part of the litigation over how to balance hydroelectric needs against threatened and endangered salmon in the Columbia Basin. Water spilled over the dams doesn't go through turbines to generate power.

Liz Hamilton of the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association says evidence shows that increased spill is responsible for improved salmon returns this year, and the dam operators should do even more.

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