Klickitat fishway project nearing completion

first_imgA $12.5 million fishway project in Klickitat County marks the latest Bonneville Power Administration-backed effort to restore fish runs in the Columbia River Basin.The Lyle Falls Fishway Passage Project isn’t the most ambitious ever pursued. But it represents one result of the Columbia Basin Fish Accords, a 2008 agreement that joined several Northwest native tribes with federal agencies to commit effort and money to salmon recovery in the region.“I think it’s one piece of a large puzzle,” said David Wilson, a spokesman for the BPA in Portland.As part of the agreement, the BPA committed more than $900 million in 10 years for various fish and habitat projects in the Northwest. The federal power marketing agency paid close to $12.5 million — in ratepayer money — to back the Lyle Falls project, Wilson said.The work has broader implications than just Klickitat County, Wilson said. Interconnected projects under the fish accords reach from the mouth of the Columbia River to its upper basin, he said.“It’s more salmon for the region, not just the Klickitat River,” Wilson said. He considers the resulting benefits to be more than the tangible.“Salmon are iconic,” Wilson said. “Salmon are a part of the Northwest. Salmon are dear to everyone’s heart who lives here in the Northwest.”last_img

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