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Liz Hamilton's comments:
Bruce S calls the Columbia River a system. This is consistent with the BPA view, which treats the river like a power plant with fish in it rather than a river with power on it. As for steelhead doing better in barges, one of the largest returns of steelhead returned this year. When this years adults outmigrated, there was one of the lowest percentage of barged steelhead in recent history. That just doesn't square up with his assertions that steelhead do better in barges.
As to the cost of the BPA/NOAA settlement. It is a great deal of money that does good things for fish below the Snake, but very very little for the actual listed fish. If we are talking about what it costs to save the listed fish, then the settlement appears to be a bad deal for the ratepayers, because it doesn't address the fundamental hydro mortalities.
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