NW RiverPartners Fish Report

Fish Runs Improving: Families and Businesses Invest Billions

Pacific Northwest families and businesses are spending billions of dollars to make the federal dams more fish-friendly and restore salmon habitat in the Columbia Basin. In fact, these endeavors represent the largest restoration effort anywhere in the nation for a protected species and are paid for by families and businesses through their electric bills. Fortunately, these efforts are bearing fruit. Over the past decade we have seen a dramatic improvement in fish runs, including salmon runs that have been listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Last year saw an overall record return of more than 2.5 million adult salmon returning to Bonneville dam, the most seen since the dam was built.

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