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As hydropower dams age and require critical upgrades, USGS hydrologists, engineers and fish biologists work together to design the next generation of dams and operational protocols that improve passage for migratory fish and cause fewer negative effects on upstream and downstream ecosystems.
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Reintroduction of Anadromous Salmonids to Reservoirs Above Hydroelectric Dams
Science Center: Western Fisheries Research Center
USGS scientists evaluated the feasibility of reintroducing native salmonids to hydropower reservoirs in Washington State to determine if the reservoirs could support reintroduced populations of salmonids. These reservoirs serve both as functional migration corridors and profitable juvenile rearing habitats despite hosting abundant predator populations. The scientists evaluated consumption demand and seasonal food availability as well as potential predation mortality to juvenile anadromous salmonids. This approach can assist fisheries managers and power operators by identifying options for design and operations of hydropower facilities that could balance power demand with increased fish production.