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Pacific Aquaculture goes to court over fish kills

Ecotrope | May 27, 2011 8:48 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:38 p.m.

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A fish farm owner says increased gas levels in Columbia River water caused by large spring water releases at Grand Coulee dam are killing tens of thousands of fish.

A fish farm owner says increased gas levels in Columbia River water caused by large spring water releases at Grand Coulee dam are killing tens of thousands of fish.

I’m headed to the 4 p.m. court hearing on the case of Grand Coulee dam water releases vs. fish downstream at Pacific Aquaculture Inc.

The owner of the fish farm has asked a judge to order the feds to reduce the amount of water being released from the dam to save fish downstream in the Columbia River.

Large releases of water churn the river, causing gasses to dissolve in the water. The gases get absorbed by fish through their gills and can cause harm.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has drawn down dam reservoirs to make way for runoff from heavy snowpack in the Rocky Mountains this year.

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