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A hydroelectric dam’s giant propeller undergoes repairs along the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River.

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A Native American catches squawfish at the McNary Dam. A government program allows them to continue fishing for squawfish, a traditional practice.

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A “fish ladder,” designed to move salmon smolts past dams on the Columbia River and out to sea.

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A “fish ladder,” designed to move salmon smolts past dams on the Columbia River and out to sea.

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The McNary Dam sits between the Umatilla and Columba Rivers. Dams like this are part of the cause for the decline of salmon in the Pacific northwest. Young salmon don’t make it out to sea to mature, and dams block the migration of older salmon back upstream to spawn.

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Bald Eagles pick fish out of the shallows at the McNary Damnear Ogallala, NE, on the Platte River.

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