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Low Water Levels at Wanapum Dam Creates Problems for Fish

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The water level behind the Wanapum Dam is still down 25 feet to relieve pressure on the dam, but that draw down comes at a bad time for fish. The water level behind the Wanapum Dam is still down 25 feet to relieve pressure on the dam, but that draw down comes at a bad time for fish.

GRANT COUNTY, WA - It's been a month since a 65 foot crack was discovered in Wanapum Dam and engineers are still trying to figure out how to repair it.

The water level behind the Wanapum Dam is still down 25 feet to relieve pressure on the crack in the dam, but that draw down comes at a bad time for fish.

Currently, the fish ladder is accessible, but the water level is too low for fish to exit to head upstream. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is working now to put together chutes to get the fish where they need to go. They hope to get the chutes installed by mid-April.

It's also a problem for upstream dams like the Rock Island Dam. The water level there is too low, so fish can't reach the ladders. To solve that problem, the Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to put in diesel pumps to get water flowing.

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