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June 5, 2014

Crews test vacuum tubes to move salmon past dam on Yakima River

  • It's far faster than the current method: hand-carrying fish.
    Yakima Herald-Republic

    SELAH — As spring chinook make their way up the Yakima River this year, a select few are taking an unusual route: through new vacuum tube technology being tested at Roza Dam.

    The Yakama Nation Fisheries is working with Bellevue-based Whooshh Innovations to study a system that uses a flexible sleeve and gentle suction to send live salmon 40 feet across the dam's fish collection facility and into a tanker truck in just seconds.

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