Clean Water Services (CWS) and the Bureau of Reclamation are seeking a fish passage waiver for the proposed new Scoggins Dam. The new dam will be placed 2.89 river miles downstream of the current dam. An official improvement project for Scoggins Dam has not yet been selected, but CWS and the Bureau have asked for a waiver of fish passage for the new dam in the event it is selected as the preferred improvement project (for more information, click here).
Instead of providing fish passage for native fish like the threatened winter steelhead, the applicants have proposed mitigation at other sites. If you are concerned about the lack of fish passage and/or the mitigation proposed please share your concerns with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Department will be deciding on whether to grant a fish passage waiver soon.
You can comment by emailing Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program Coordinator at Greg.D.Apke@state.or.us.
Comments are due by February 8, 2019. If you would like guidance with your comments please contact Ashley Short, Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator by email at Ashley@tualatinriverkeepers.org.