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Corps employees develop device for safer fish passage at Little Goose Dam


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Jay Haugen and Kreg Buryta with their orifice debris plunger device after a successful test on May 5, 2020.

WALLA WALLA-Two U.S. Army Corps employees at Little Goose Lock and Dam created a device that removed debris blockages within the dam.

Mechanical Engineering Technician Jay Haugen and Maintenance Worker Kreg Buryta combined their talents in 2019 to design and fabricate a tool that could be used to remove debris from orifices (openings) within the dam.

Logs, trash, and other debris adversely affected the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed salmon and steelhead along the Snake River.

Successfully clearing the debris not only prevented fish mortality but also boosted energy production as well....

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