Stop the Fish Kills at Washington’s Buckley Dam
When salmon try to go upstream on Washington's White River, they get to the Buckley Dam and meet a terrible fate.
The dam once diverted water to a now closed hydropower facility, but today its main function is to collect salmon, steelhead, and bull trout so that they can be transported to spawning grounds above Buckley Dam and a larger dam a few miles upstream. Fish impale themselves on the dam’s exposed rebar and many fail to locate or find space in the dams’ outdated and undersized fish trap. Some fish do make it into the fish trap and are released upriver, but they are often so exhausted and injured from the overcrowded conditions that their chances of surviving the ride to their spawning grounds are slim.
Hundreds of thousands of salmon are struggling to get upstream, but dying because of this dilapidated dam and its overcrowded fish trap. Send a message to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging them to fix the dam and its fish passage system so threatened salmon, steelhead, and bull trout can travel upstream safely.
Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop the fish kills on the White River. It's time to fix Buckley Dam and modernize its fish passage system.
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