Fishy stimulus money

Oregon is getting a $7.3 million stimulus for dam removal and habitat restoration.

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The U.S. Commerce Secretary has announced that Oregon will be receiving $7.3 million in stimulus funds. The money is designated for tearing down a Rogue River dam and restoring a salmon habitat, among other things.

The money is part of $167 million going to 50 habitat restoration projects around the country from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Tuesday.

The projects include $5 million to remove the Gold Ray Dam, a defunct hydroelectric dam built in 1905 outside Gold Hill. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has identified the dam as one of its top priorities for fish passage improvements. Fish currently must swim up a fish ladder to get over the dam.

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