Work set to begin on first-of-its-kind salmon passage at Cle Elum dam

Yakima Herald –

Work is expected to get underway next spring on an important step in a long range project to restore salmon runs to Lake Cle Elum.

On Thursday, the federal Bureau of Reclamation announced it had awarded a $12.8 million contract to build a concrete shaft adjacent to the Cle Elum Dam.

The shaft will eventually house a first-of-its kind passage system to allow young salmon to safely bypass the dam and enter the Cle Elum River on their long journey to the sea.

“This is exciting because we are constructing a unique and innovative fish passage system,” Reclamation’s Regional Director Lorri Lee said in a statement. “By working in partnership with the Yakama Nation, the state of Washington and others, we are one step closer to restoring a historic and culturally significant salmon run to the Yakima Basin.”

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