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BC Hydro’s Bizarre, Multi-Million Dollar Boondoggle to Save Fish from Site C Dam

BC Hydro declined to comment on fish mitigation plans for Site C.
 
In the U.S., where hydro dams are owned and operated by private companies, officials readily provide information to the public about dams and fish mitigation strategies.
 
Avista Utilities plans to build what it says will be the second bull trout ladder in North America, at the Cabinet Gorge dam on the Clark Fork River. The only existing bull trout ladder is at the Thompson Falls dam, owned by NorthWestern Energy, further upstream on the Clark Fork.
 
At just over four metres, Avisa’s bull trout ladder will be less than one-half the length of the proposed Site C bull trout ladder. After ascending the ladder at the Cabinet Gorge dam through six different entrances, “fish will be collected in a hopper and hoisted to the top of the dam where they will be transferred into a fish truck,” explains Tim Swart, Avista’s Clark Fork License Manager.

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Inspectors already find 2 mussel-fouled boats at Pablo inspection station

Both boats had been decontaminated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department prior to heading north, but Erik Hanson, a consultant for the Flathead Aquatic Invasive Species Work Group, noted that “decontamination is not always 100 percent. It is critical for boats to be held after decontamination to ensure that they are actually mussel-free.”

Arizona authorities had notified Montana officials that mussels still might be present on the hulls or engines of the boats.

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OPINION: Global warming will have huge impact on Montana’s economy, outdoor heritage

Our outdoor economy and treasured heritage are at risk. A recent study prepared for the Montana Wildlife Federation projects that the changing climate will cause the loss of 10,922 Montana outdoor recreation and tourism jobs and $281,000,000 in labor earnings. It’s hard to sell the amenities of our “Big Sky” to tourists and new businesses when it is frequently obscured by unhealthy amounts of smoke from Western wildfires.

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Hatchery objects to Creston bottling plant

Regarding the state’s finding of “no adverse effects” from the new water right, the service argues that “the proposed well and pumping diversions will cause a decrease in the artesian pressure of the wells that are utilized on the Creston National Fish Hatchery, and ultimately lead to a loss in our ability to exercise our water right.”

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Stoopid People With Buckets

The Treasure State is in the throes of a stupidity epidemic. Over the past several years Montana has experienced more than 600 incidents of illegal …

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Canadian Clearcuts Alarm Downstream Montanans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Wednesday, June 29, 2015 Contact:  :  Lucky Sultz, Flathead Trout Unlimited. 406-755-2920, lucky@flatheadtu.org or Chris Schustrom, Flathead Trout Unlimited (406) 260-1198 chris@flatheadtu.org Kalispell, …

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2015 Conservation Honorees

  The following is a letter sent to the CSKT Tribal Council regarding our selection of Barry Hansen and Les Evarts of the Tribal Fisheries …

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