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Detroit Lake Project Could Foul Salem's Drinking Water, City Says


The Detroit Dam on Jan. 12, 2018. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed building a 300-foot tower at the dam to improve water temperatures and fish passage for salmon and steelhead.

The Detroit Dam on Jan. 12, 2018. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed building a 300-foot tower at the dam to improve water temperatures and fish passage for salmon and steelhead.

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal

A major construction project at Detroit Lake could foul the source of Salem’s drinking water and lead to citywide water shortages, city officials said in comments submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps is planning to build a 300-foot tower and floating screen at Detroit Dam to improve water temperature and fish passage for salmon and steelhead in the North Santiam River.

But the $100-million to $250-million project could require draining the reservoir for one or two years, leading to a dramatic impact on Salem’s water supply, which comes from the North Santiam.

“It’s clear that we have some significant concerns about this project,” Salem City spokesman Kenny Larson said.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.

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