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Biologist: New fish weir installed in Foster Dam will facilitate fish travel


March 14, 2018

FISH BIOLOGIST Fenton Kahn, center, explains the workings of the dam and the new fish weir to local residents Tom Pankalla, left, and Davis Olsen, who walked over to find out what was going on.

After a two-week delay U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staffers installed a new fish weir in Foster Dam Tuesday, March 6.

It was clearly a big moment for Corps Fish Biologist Fenton Khan of the Portland office, and various others who helped design and install the giant metal sleeve that will allow young salmon and steelhead to cross the dam and proceed down the river to the ocean.

"How cool," Kahn said, smiling to himself, as he watched lake water shoot through a slot in the weir, which is designed to propel young fish farther away from the dam to a softer landing on the spillway. "That's a...

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