Anyone who fishes the Columbia knows the importance of spill to increase adult returns. Decades ago, we noticed that when smolts went to the ocean on high spill, 2 to 3 years later we saw large increases in adult salmon returning! The science behind the benefits of spill was compelling, and NSIA started fighting for spill during outmigration. In 2006 NSIA and our allies were successful in convincing a federal judge to increase spill when fall chinook were out-migrating. Judge Redden ordered more spill and two generations of salmon later, we saw near record returns of fall chinook. The fish responded
We want the same outcome for spring chinook, right? Scientific studies indicate that a modest increase in spill has the potential to double the number of spring chinook returning to Idaho! Convinced by decades of data, Federal Judge Simon granted an increase in spring spill, starting in 2018.
Unfortunately, many don't want the water to go over the top for smolts, they want it to go through the turbines. Some Utilities have started a campaign against Judge Simon's spill order. And recently, four members of congress wrote a deeply concerning letter calling spill into question.
You can read the letter here,
and our response to the letter here.
After decades of studying spill, NSIA is convinced that short of taking out dams, the right levels of spill are necessary to recover and restore abundant salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia. We won't stop fighting!
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