TOKETEE, Ore. (AP) — The long debate about whether to remove the Soda Springs Dam has ended with the construction of a fish ladder that salmon and steelhead are already using to reach a portion of the North Umpqua River they haven't traveled for 60 years.
Federal regulators in 2003 renewed PacifiCorp's license to operate the dam east of Roseburg for the next 35 years. The utility, however, had to build a fish passage.
Monte Garrett, who led the $60 million project for PacifiCorp, told the News-Review of Roseburg (http://is.gd/sF8e4J ) that the ladder balances competing interests. The dam will continue to produce hydroelectricity while the ladder enhances fish runs.
Workers finished the project this month and salmon have been spotted spawning above the dam near the confluence with Fish Creek.
Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com