Fish and Wildlife rates McKay Dam near Pendleton a top concern

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife says the McKay Creek Reservoir south of Pendleton ranks as one of the state's worst man-made obstructions for the passage of native fish.

The dam blocks access to nearly 85 miles of high-quality habitat on McKay and Birch creeks flowing into the Umatilla River.

The East Oregonian newspaper reports
that the ODFW has listed the dam as a top concern in its proposed Fish Passage and Priority List.

State law requires the department's Fish Passage Program to revise the list every five years. The 2013 update will go before the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for approval Friday.