Shad seek passage
Now is the time of year that the shad run spectacularly through Chesapeake rivers and streams.
And it is also perhaps the historical fish's best hope of getting a break.
Darryl Fears of the Washington Post has this story about the unlikely savior of one of America's first fish_ the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The commission will be deciding the fate of two of the four dams currently blocking shad's passage through the mighty Susquehanna River at Conowingo.
Yes, there's an elevator, and an expensive one, but most shad aren't getting through.
While they're at it, FERC might try to find a way to protect the American eel, which also get stuck in the dam. Eel can't make it to the fish ladder because they migrate up the sides of rivers, and the fish elevator is closer to the middle.
- Category: Energy
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