900,000 Clackamas Salmon Saved

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
31 December 2008, at 12:00am

OREGON - State biologists and a Portland General Electric crew worked through Christmas Eve to save up to 900,000 young spring chinook salmon at a state hatchery destined for the Clackamas and Sandy rivers.

A power failure on 22 December at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Clackamas hatchery near Sandy threatened to shut down pumps that circulate river water through holding ponds where the salmon fingerlings are raised, according to Oregon Live. The hatchery turned to a back-up generator to run the pumps. Two days later, on Christmas Eve, the back-up generator began malfunctioning, according to the ODFW.

However, a PGE line crew was summoned to the scene, and power was restored to the hatchery early on Christmas Day.