Counting on Fish Protection
The number of salmon migrating up US rivers has declined significantly in recent years, bringing hydro plants under increased scrutiny. Indeed, fish protection has become the biggest issue in hydro plant relicensing, and utilities across the country are under pressure to step up their fish protection efforts. Currently, much of the regulatory emphasis is focused on downstream passage technologies. EPRI's laboratory and field tests have identified the most promising of these technologies. However, the effectiveness of each approach varies according to the site and the fish species and life stage.