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Fish and Wildlife Service of the means and measures that should be adopted to
preserve the resource. Next, the section provides that the cost of planning for Cenance of fish bo
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of such projects. Thus, the item for preservation of the fishery resources is properly included in the estimates of the cost of the projects proposed to be
constructed by the Department of the Army. TION FOR PROC
With respect to the transfer of the proposed amount to the Fish and Wildlife Service, it should be noted that transfers for similar purposes have been made
on a number of occasions in accordance with the basic authorization contained ers and allocated in section 601 of the act of June 30, 1932 (47 Stat. 417; 31 U.S. C. 686), as amended.
With respect to fishery problems in the Columbia River Basin, section 2 of the act of May 11, 1938, as amended August 8, 1946 (60 Stat. 932), rather clearly indicates that in connection with the construction of navigation, flood control, and irrigation projects many of the activities directly related to the preservation of the fishery resources are to be performed by or under the supervision of the templated have been effectuated for many years in accordance with provisions of section 601 of the act of June 30, 1932, and the acts of August 8 and 14, 1946, simply clarify and substantiate the administrative determination to the effect that certain duties related to the preservation of the fishery resources of the Columbia River Basin shall be carried out through the facilities of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
With respect to the transfer to the Fish and Wildlife Service of $100,000 from the estimate of $395,940,000 for "Flood control, general," there can be no quesand authorizes the transfer as such funds are to be used to conduct the investigations required by the act to be made by the Fish and Wildlife Service. EFFECT OF ERECTION OF DAMS ON COLUMBIA RIVER, ETC., ON
SALMON INDUSTRY Mr. Mahon. Mr. Day, I have been interested in this discussion. which
may mean billions of dollars to our economy in the hundreds of years ahead.
I understand you were requested to appear here, at the request of ! the Army engineers, to defend a sum of money which they requested
be appropriated, but you are actually going to spend the money because you are in this fish business.
Mr. Day. That is right. Mr. Mahon. In view of some of the testimony, in regard to the salmon industry I have been looking at the hearings of last year as to what we were told then. I do not think the matter was made as clear
I find a statement on page Cellars, public relations and personnel, Columbia River Packers Association of Astoria, Oreg., apparently speaking for the fisheries industry. He stated:
The Columbia River salmon fishery, which has been seriously damaged by the erection of high dams on the Columbia River and its principal tributaries, and on main thread of the Columbia below the Foster Creek site or on the main thread of the Snake River is advanced, has a long and productive history.
This man is expressing great concern about the future of the salmon industry if these dams are to be constructed, and he left the impression that it might mean the destruction of the salmon industry.
I would like to have your comment on what I have jusi read.
Mr. Day. There was a great fear, a great doubt, in the minds of the people who are interested in salmon, that even Bonneville was going
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to seriously impair the salmon run. Last year the run of that particular cycle came back in excellent shape.
Mr. MAHON. Yes.
Mr. Day. So that situation has changed somewhat even in the past 12 months over what it was a year ago.
Mr. Mahon. It really is not as serious, then, as they thought it would be?
Mr. Day. That is right, as far as Bonneville is concerned. Originally it was felt that the industry would be badly damaged. Last year the run was in pretty good shape. The value of the pack out there this year, I think, is greater than a year ago.
Mr. Mahon. He goes on to say:
The principal subsistence factor for thousands of Indians for untold years before the arrival of the white man in the Pacific Northwest, this resource continues to hold this position in relation to the remaining tribesmen living in the vicinity of the river, and, in addition, provides a livelihood for thousands of white residents, and an enjoyable recreation for many more thousands from all parts of the Nation who come to the Columbia for the annual sports fishery.
It is estimated that in the 80 years of the white man's fishery that the returns from the commercial fishery alone have exceeded $1,000,000,000.
Throughout the testimony here there appeared to be cause for alarm expressed to the committee last year in regard to the dams on the Columbia River and the tributaries and related streams. And in relation to the position, or rather to the location of the Ve Vary Dam, he says:
And which faces extinction if the program of building additional multiplepurpose dams on the main thread of the Columbia below the Foster Creek site or on the main thread of the Snake River is advanced.
Does that include the McNary Dam area? Mr. Day. Yes; this is Foster Creek [indicating). Foster Creek is slightly below the Grand Coulee Dam.
Mr. Mahon. And where is it with reference to McNary Dam?
Mr. Day. McNary Dam is down near Umatilla. The dams that he is referring to are the McNary, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose, Lower Granite, Clarkston, Lime Mountain, Nez Perce, and this area back in here. That is on the main stem above the McNary.
Mr. Mahon. Now with regard to the gentleman who expressed this concern last year, what is there about the salmon industry to justify the statement which he made, in your opinion?
Mr. Day. I think he was justified in the statement that they feared that these dams would wipe out the salmon run above this point, McNary Dam.
Mr. Mahon. Do you think by this program you are now espousing that the salmon will be destroyed above those dams?
Mr. Day. We are fearful that they will be above the McNary Dam. We are attempting to improve the area below McNary.
Mr. MAHON. Yes.
Mr. Day. By cleaning out certain streams, operating hatcheries so we can get production of a fishery which we hope will be as much as 50 percent of the existing fishery.
Mr. Mahon. Am I to understand that really what you are doing is because of what will happen to the fish above McNary?
Mr. Day. Because of what we fear will happen to the fish above McNary.
Mr. Mahon. Is it a conclusion as well as a fear?
Mr. Day. I would not say that, but we are very fearful of what will happen.
Mr. Mahon. Regardless of whether or not this program you are talking about is put into operation?
Mr. Day. Yes; we are fearful that McNary and the dams above will eliminate a good portion of the fishery industry.
Mr. Mahon. Now I have not checked over the bearings in full, but I did find testimony that seemed somewhat contrary to the testimony to which I have referred; tbat testimony is on page 576, and that is the testimony of General Robins, formerly with the United States engineers and I would like to quote from General Robins' statement, in which he said:
I do not think the McNary Dam will have any more effect on it than the Bonneville Damreferring to the fish industryand we have had more fish over the Bonneville Dam this year than they have ever have had, and my own personal opinion is that the fish will still be there as far as the dams are concerned.
That was the statement given by General Robins in response to a question by Mr. Scrivner. Mr. Scrivner had stated:
I think you and Mr. Case covered the situation pretty well, but I have one question to ask: What effects are these new developments going to have on your fisheries industry out on the Columbia River?
That was Mr. Scrivner's question.
Mr. SCRIVNER. That was the testimony to which I have referred yesterday and today. In other words, I too, have been concerned about the salmon industry, and the effect the dams would have, and that is why I pointed out that testimony in view of Mr. Day's statement this morning and the statement made by the engineers yesterday. I was calling attention to the varied testimony which we now have in the record, if you had not inserted General Robin's statement in the record I was going to do so.
Mr. Mahon. I would like to reread to you that statement of General Robins and ask you what you think about the statement.
(The statement of General Robins previously read was reread.) Mr. Day. I wish I could agree with the general's statement, and feel confident that no great losses will happen. The fisheries people in the States of Washington and Oregon, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the fisheries industry are not that confident. We are very fearful that the McNary Dam, plus the other dams that are authorized above, will have a serious effect upon the fisheries. Bonneville, as I stated, has worked out very well. There was a large run of fish last year. Bonneville is lower than McNary. McNary and the other dams above there are higher than the Bonneville Dam.
Mr. MAHON. Is his statement correct when he said “over the Bonneville Dam this year” they have had more fish than they ever had before? That is a pretty strong statement, and that is past; that is not a conjecture as to the future; that is past.
Mr. Day. That is correct insofar as the fish passing Bonneville Dam was concerned, but nobody knows how many fish went through
the Columbia River before Bonneville was constructed, because no counts or checks were kept.
Mr. Mahon. In other words, I misunderstood what he said. I take it that when he said more fish went over than ever before he merely meant more than had gone over Bonneville Dam during the history of Bonneville Dam?
Mr. DAY. I think that must have been what he had in mind, because nobody could have had information as to the number of fish that went through the Columbia River before Bonneville Dam was constructed. Since that time we have had fish ladders, counting wiers, and the engineers have maintained people there day and night-well, I should say they have shut the gates at night so the fish could not get through, but they open the gates during the day. People count the fish by the different species that go through and we do have a very good check on the migration of fish over Bonneville Dam. We feel certain there are some of the small fish lost that go down through the turbines on their seaward migration.
Mr. Mahon. As I understand it McNary Dam is going to be higher?
Mr. Day. McNary Dam is going to be higher than Bonneville and if the fish get through McNary there will then be higher dams above to negotiate.
Salmon have a limited time in which to spawn. After they spawn they die. We have found in other places, on the Fraser River in Canada, for instance, that if salmon are obstructed by low water over difficult rapids for a certain period of time, they will die below the obstruction before reaching the spawning beds in the upper river.
Again salmon have a peculiar habit; they fight obstructions until they injure themselves, then they develop a fungus growth which weakens and kills them. If there are too many obstructions, even though they get over the first one, if there are too many, you will find that for each succeeding dam the fish losses will be progressively heavier.
Mr. Mahon. That sounds logical.
I do not want to take up too much time. As I say, I have not checked the hearings in full, and maybe in time we will learn more about this. But at any rate I want to protect the fishing industry in any way we can.
Mr. Day. I think that we have the best possible program for that protection. I wish we could categorically predict what will happen, but nobody can do that.
Mr. CASE. Mr. Day, I notice on that map that you have there above the dams you have discussed a dam apparently 600 feet high.
Mr. Day. Yes, Nez Percé. Mr. CASE. According to the representation, on the map, the areas which have been shown in green run clear back to the Snake River, and that must contemplate about one-fourth to one-third of the entire area that is to be lost, that is to be absolutely lost; is that right?
Mr. Day. Yes. Grand Coulee is some 350 feet high, and ladders were not installed there. The same will be true of Nez Percé.
Mr. Mahon. The question in my mind, Mr. Case, is the destruction of these fish which in time, as a national resource, would equal a billion dollars, that is, if the country continues to survive, and
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The Bonneville Dam is provided with the best and biggest fish ladders that ladders
have ever been built, and in addition fish elevators and bypasses for the fingerlings to get downstream and every conceivable device to get the fish over the dam, and the McVary Dam will be built in the same way.
In other words, I think we ought to get the whole statement of
General Robins in the record, in which we were assured that McNary ash over B- Dam was not going to seriously affect the fishing industry. We have all fish ko - got to have the complete statement and not just a little part of it.
Mr. Day. We have been emphasizing McNary, below Grand Coulee.
Mr. SCRIVNER. Surely, but you still have that area above Grand er than Bc Coulee; you have the area from McNary to Grand Coulee where a sen be like a great deal of funds were expended.
Mr. Day. Yes.
Mr. ScrivnER. Then you have all of this area shown in red, from
Mr. Day. The Okanogan, Wenatchee, Entiat.
Mr. SCRIVNER. Where you have already spent a great deal of money in the propagation of fish and hatcheries.
Mr. Day. That is right.
Mr. Scrivner. So that if the statements made last year were correct that McNary Dam will not seriously impede the passage of fish over that dam that will be built at the elevations stated, then you will still have to spend a great deal in that region you have just mentioned below Grand Coulee.
Mr. Day. Except in this region of Nez Percé.
Mr. Mahon. I think, so far as I recall, it is fair to say that the Army engineers have not advised us what effect McNary Dam would have on the salmon industry. General Robins was not with the Army engineers when he testified before us last year. He was privately employed by the people out there.
Mr. SCRIVNER. General Robins was formerly Chief of the Army Jir. Day. I would like to make this statement: That the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army engineers have worked closely together in attempting to devise fish ladders on the McNary project. I simply Want again to emphasize that the McNary and the other main stem dams not yet authorized will in our best judgment have a serious effect on the salmon industry.
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