Spawning a Hydroelectric Plant

by Zbigniew R. Matus, Sr. Civ. Engr.; Harza Engineering, Co., Chicago, IL,
Ronald E. Israelsen, Sr. Mech. Engr.; Harza Engineering, Co., Chicago, IL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 3, Pg. 56-58

Document Type: Feature article


A hydroelectric facility which utilizes fishway attraction water on the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon will tap a neglected source of power and save many endangered fish that use the facility. In 1994, the Northern Wasco County People's Utility District in Oregon began construction on a hydroelectric facility at the river's McNary Dam. Many different groups had pointed out the power going to waste at a fishway on the river's Washington State shore, and the project is a realization of an 15-year-old idea to take advantage of that energy. But more was at stake: Many fishery agencies have noted that approximately 90% of the juvenile salmonids swimming downstream have been killed.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Fishways | Rivers and streams | Fish management | Water conservation | Utilities | Infrastructure construction | Dams | United States | Washington | Oregon

Services: Buy this book/Buy this article


Return to search