‘Big victory’ for salmon and steelhead habitat

A map of the Puyallup River watershed. Image: Pierce County

An agreement has been reached between environmentalists and the operators of the Electron hydroelectric project on the Puyallup River to preserve safeguards for threatened Chinook salmon, steelhead.

Fish passage at the Howard Hanson Dam east of Auburn, Washington, has received a $220 million federal funding boost that will help unlock more than 100 miles of salmon habitat on the Upper Green River.

The money was secured as a priority project for the Army Corps of Engineers under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray announced Monday. Passed last summer, the bill President Joe Biden signed in November authorized $1 trillion in spending on roads, bridges, high-speed internet, ports, dams, waterways, drinking water infrastructure, and more across the country.

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