POWER: Civilized Salmon

Among the fabulous projects instigated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, none has been more controversial than the $7,000,000 system of elevators and staircases installed at 170-foot Bonneville Dam for the convenience of fish. Object of the system is to enable Columbia River salmon to pursue their four-year life cycle: hatch in gravel beds in the river's upper tributaries, grow several inches, drift down to the ocean tailfirst, get to weigh anywhere from 10-to 60 lb., swim back up the Columbia River to spawn and die exactly where they started. The system, consists...

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