They called it a miracle. After an enormous emergency effort, extended fish ladders are complete at the severely wounded Wanapum Dam, and Rock Island Dam upstream. They were in place and functional at virtually the same moment the first salmon of the spring season arrived to pass.
We who own the utilities involved should be aware of the enormity of this accomplishment. Remember, these are among the most valuable fish in the world, many protected by the full weight of the United States under the Endangered Species Act. We should be relieved they can pass these obstacles unscathed and proceed to their native spawning grounds, for we the human beings responsible for their well-being have a lot at stake in their success, and we already have invested our collective millions in hopes of their return to procreate.