Judge: Lower Green Peter to help fish


August 10, 2022

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Green Peter Reservoir is shown here at more normal winter low pool in , as seen from the dam.

Green Peter Reservoir will be lowered to historic levels this fall and early winter, during which period its dam generators will cease to produce electric power, in an effort to preserve young Chinook salmon and steelhead, a federal judge has ordered.

U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez has approved a plan produced by an "expert panel" of scientists and others, which requires Green Peter to be drawn down to 780 feet above sea level, some 220 feet below full pool, by Nov. 15. Although this drawdown will not go to the historic river bottom, this will be the lake's lowest point since it was c...

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