What types of fish can be seen through the visitor viewing windows at the Bonneville Dam?
What kind of energy does the Bonneville Dam generate? Who has access to this energy?
What is the purpose of a fish ladder?
Look at the photo. A lot of water rushes through the Bonneville Dam gates. How much water passes through at one time?
- The Bonneville Dam spans the width of the Columbia River. The Columbia River runs along the boundary between Oregon and Washington, so one side of the Bonneville Dam is in Multnomah County, Oregon, while the other side is in Skamania County, Washington.
- The Bonneville Dam is hydroelectric, which means that running water is converted into energy. Since 1938, the Bonneville Dam has provided inexpensive electrical energy to the region.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates and maintains the Bonneville Dam year round.
- The Bonneville Dam has several fish ladders, a large visitor center, and several viewing windows where salmon and steelhead trout runs can be seen.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry Bonneville Dam Noun
series of hydroelectric dams and locks across the Columbia River in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington.
clean energy Noun
electrical energy that does not pollute the atmosphere, water, or earth.
Columbia River Noun
(1,955 kilometers/1,214 miles) river in western Canada and the U.S., draining into the Pacific Ocean.
fish ladder Noun
series of steps overflowing with water, where fish can migrate upstream around a barrier such as a dam.
having to do with water or water systems.