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Study launched on restoring salmon runs to upper Columbia

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Study launched on restoring salmon runs to upper Columbia Study launched on restoring salmon runs to upper Columbia
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Indian tribes from Washington and Idaho who live near the upper Columbia River are beginning a study of whether salmon runs can be restored above Grand Coulee Dam, which blocked those runs more than 70 years ago.

The tribes want to study what it would take to restore salmon runs to the 100 river miles between the dam, the nation's greatest producer of hydropower, and the U.S.-Canadian border.

The study proposal was released this week by the Upper Columbia United Tribes, which represents the Colville, Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Kalispel and Kootenai tribes of Idaho and Washington.

D.R. Michel is the executive director for the Upper Columbia United Tribes. He says the return of salmon would restore tribal cultural and religious experiences, plus provide new revenues for the tribes.

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