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West's Energy Woes Threaten Salmon Runs

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Science  23 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5508, pp. 1470-1471
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5508.1470b

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The combination of a dry winter and a power shortage could be bad news for endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Last week, California's energy crisis forced the Bonneville Power Administration, the region's energy supplier, to exceed federal guidelines for the release of water through its turbines. But with reservoir levels already low, the utility might not have enough water available this spring and summer to help juvenile salmon on their run to the sea.