By Christine Pratt
WENATCHEE — A pilot project under way at the Eastbank Fish Hatchery is conserving huge amounts of water and could one day revolutionize the way salmon are raised to offset the numbers of fish killed while navigating the Columbia River’s hydroelectric dams.
Joe Miller, hatchery program manager for the Chelan County PUD, says a “water reuse” system in place at Eastbank uses nearly 90 percent less water than the traditional, rectangular concrete raceways that have been the industry standard for decades.
That’s important, especially considering that not everyone who depends on that water has fins and a tail. (more…)