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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Concerned About McKay Creek Reservoir

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PENDLETON, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife says the McKay Creek Reservoir ranks one of the state's worst man-made obstructions for the passage of native fish.

The dam, south of Pendleton, blocks access to nearly 85 miles of high-quality habitat on McKay and Birch creeks flowing into the Umatilla River.

The department listed the damn as a top concern it its proposed Fish Passage and Priority List.

State law requires the department's Fish Passage Program to revise the list every five years. The 2013 update goes before the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday for approval.

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