PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The owners of a fish farm in Washington state have asked a judge to order the federal government to reduce the volume of water coursing from the Grand Coulee Dam and killing fish on the Columbia River.
The operators of Pacific Aquaculture said in a federal court filing Friday that a staggering number of fish are dying. Large releases from the dam churn the river, dissolving gases in the water that are toxic to fish.
The fish farm is downriver from the dam.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it is releasing the water in the dam’s reservoir in anticipation of runoff from an unusually heavy snowpack in the Rocky Mountains upriver.