Pikeminnow continue to be a scourge in the Columbia River, and Douglas County PUD remains committed to their efforts to remove the non-indigenous predator. The eradication efforts are part of their licensing requirements with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which will continue for the next several years. They'll look to continue their contract with Columbia Research, who the PUD says will continue working at the Wells Project location to catch and remove the pikeminnow so they can't prey on juvenile salmon. PUD spokesperson Meaghan Vibbert says Columbia Research uses a set line method in the river to snatch the pest out of the river. The organization will receive between $153,800 and $160,092 from Douglas County PUD annually for the next three years for their removal service.
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