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TROY, Idaho – A Troy city crew began chiseling away at the long-forsaken Dutch Flat Dam on Wednesday to clear the way for steelhead trout seeking larger bodies of water to spawn in farther north. Idaho Fish and Game began tagging and tracking steelhead populations in North Idaho about 10 years ago, and found – to the surprise of many – a high density of fish in the west fork of Little Bear Creek in Troy.
A coalition of utilities, river ports and farm organizations has embarked on a three-year, $3 million effort to improve Northwest residents’ perception of dams. The “Clean Hydro” campaign kicked off this spring with TV spots in Seattle and Portland. The 30-second commercials feature scenic shots of water cascading over dam spillways and smiling kids and families enjoying electricity.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved a new 42-year license for Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River north of Metaline Falls. Built in 1967, Boundary is the largest hydroelectric dam owned by Seattle City Light and produces 25 percent of the city's electric power.
Often shorted their share of spring chinook, anglers east of the Cascades want a dialog with Washington, Oregon and Idaho during 2013 leading to a better fishery in the Snake River. And they’re going to get it, with discussions tentatively planned this summer and fall with an eye toward potential changes in time for spring salmon fishing in 2014.