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New weir in Foster Dam expected to improve fish survival


February 28, 2018

A NEW WEIR waits in line on the back of a semi for installation in Foster Dam. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was unable to complete the installation Thursday. Wood debris kept the crew from detaching the crane from one of three new stop logs to be installed in the dam beneath the weir.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began installing a new fish weir in Foster Dam last week that is expected to help improve the chances of survival for hundreds of thousands of spring Chinook salmon and winter steelhead traveling downstream.

The Corps had planned for the project to be complete Thursday, Feb. 22, but workers were stopped short when a piece of wood debris prevented a crane from detaching completely from a new stop log behind the southernmost spillway gate. Corps divers located the wood debris Friday.

Public Affairs Specialist Tom Conning said the Corps plans to finish the pr...

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