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Fish ladder work slower than planned
Published August 30, 2004
Construction of a fish ladder at the Link River
Dam got off to a slow start this summer, but is
picking up speed as the project heads into the
"They had some initial problems dewatering the
site," he said.
To lay the ladder's foundation, workers had to put
in a coffer dam, or temporary dam, Lesley said.
The Bureau of Reclamation cut back releases from
the Link River Dam, but getting the coffer dam in
place still proved more difficult than expected.
Slayden Construction of Stayton - the same company
that built the $16 million A-Canal headgates - is
building the fish ladder. The ladder is designed
to provide passage over the dam for trout,
endangered suckers and other kinds of fish.
Lesley said construction workers should have the
foundation in by the end of October and then the
speed of the work will pick up. The ladder should
be completed by the end of the year, he added.
"It's not as critical as the A Canal. You don't
have a looming date," said Dave Sabo, manager of
the Klamath Reclamation Project.
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