Fishy Business

by John Prendergast, Managing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 11, Pg. 60-63


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Hydroelectric power accounts for about 12% of U.S. electric supply and virtually all the nation's renewable energy capacity. Yet hydro is under increasing attack on environmental grounds, mostly for impacts of fish populations. Also at stake are sport and commercial fishing industries, valued at $200 million annually on the Columbia River alone, with salmon runs a fraction of their historic high of 16 million. Representatives of fish and wildlife interests and the hydroelectric industry have spent millions of dollars and words arguing with each other. Can better data and new technologies make it possible for fish and hydro to share the nation's rivers?

Subject Headings: Aquatic habitats | Conservation | Environmental issues | Fish management | Hydro power | Wildlife

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