Albany set to begin 2 water projects

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Two watershed projects are set to begin in Albany: native planting in the flood plain this winter and dam removal in the spring.

The Democrat-Herald (http://is.gd/tVGnVQ ) reports the dam removal from Cox Creek will improve fish habitat.

Fish in Cox Creek include Chinook salmon, winter steelhead, lamprey and others.

Cox Creek and the Willamette River meet in that area and officials say the dam removal will help the fish take refuge from the strong winter flows of the Willamette.

Although there will be an initial release of water as the pool behind the dam is drained, the flow in Cox Creek shouldn't be appreciably higher once the dam is gone.

The dam was built so a former meat-packing plant could get the water it needed to run its operation.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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