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Special issue: Northwest salmon at the crossroads

April 22, 1991

Twenty articles and four special maps on salmon, dams, and logging.

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How the basin's salmon-killing system works
The Columbia Basin's eight mainstem dams account for nearly all of the Northwest's annual salmon slaughter, and could be modified.
And now -- the Last Salmon Ceremony?
The big hydroelectric dams stand as symbols of the crossroads now confronting the Pacific Northwest's salmon and steelhead. A century ago these wild fish numbered some 16 million. Now their annual count is dropping below 1 million.
Why logging and salmon don't mix
Clearcut logging allows rain to wash away the gravel salmon need for spawning. The loss of shade also can raise the temperature of the water to lethal levels.