Studies of Fish Protection Methods at Hydroelectric Plants

by E. P. Taft, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,
J. K. Downing, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,
C. W. Sullivan, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


Five largely untested but economical fish-protection systems were tested at sites throughout North America. The process of selecting laboratory and field test sites was completed at the end of 1986. Studies began in April 1987. The sites selected (and the types of systems being evaluated) include: the Hadley Falls/Holyoke Complex on the Connecticut River (mercury light/spill, mercury light/bypass pipe, strobe lights, and sound); the Ludington Pumped Storage Facility on Lake Michigan (mercury lights, strobe lights, and sound); the Wapatox Canal on the Naches River in Washington (mercury light/screen and bypass); and the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River (mercury light/spill). In addition, laboratory studies of basic behavioral responses of fish to mercury and strobe lights are being conducted by the Universities of Iowa and Washington. Similar studies are being conducted with a sound-generating device by Ontario Hydro.

Subject Headings: Fish and fishery management | Hydro power | Mercury (chemical) | Laboratory tests | Rivers and streams | Field tests | Site investigation | Power plants | United States | North America | Connecticut | Lake Michigan | Great Lakes | Washington | Ontario | Canada

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