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NW Fishletter #379, March 5, 2018

[12] Council Committee Recommends Pacific Lamprey Funding

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee has recom-mended spending $248,204 this year on three projects to help restore Pacific lamprey.

Lamprey are considered important to the ecosystem, with important cultural value to tribes in the Columbia River Basin.

The funds would come from a cost-savings program derived from existing projects with de-creased expenditures, or closed-out projects.

Pacific lamprey were once abundant throughout the Snake and Columbia rivers and their tribu-taries, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The population has been drastically reduced through-out their range, from the mouth of the Columbia River to Chief Joseph and Hells Canyon dams.

The three proposed projects include improving adult passage at Prosser Dam in the lower Yakima River, funded at $40,000; translocating adult lamprey past lower Snake River dams, funded at $30,000; and enhancing the lower South Fork McKenzie River's floodplain, funded at $150,000.

The committee expects to take its funding request to the full Council next month. -K.C. M.

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