The Senate’s proposed Water Resources Development Act includes an amendment
by Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, R-Idaho, that would authorize continued funding
for the development, installation and testing of "fish-friendly turbines"
at the Columbia/Snake River dams.
Kempthorne’s amendment also authorizes funding for a "gene bank"
for threatened and endangered fish and directs the federal government to
reduce bird predation on salmon and steelhead smolts in the lower …