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October 2000 Hypothermia, Celebrate with Safety, Fish Return

October 2000

HYPOTHERMIA Falling Temperatures

  • Winter winds and falling temperatures can be a dangerous health hazard that surprises us. Prolonged exposure to temperatures below 70° can cause hypothermia before the victim realizes what is happening.*

  • Keep the temperature of commonly used rooms no lower than 70°.

  • Dress warmly in LAYERS of loose-fitting clothing while indoors and outdoors.

  • Use moderate exercise, such as walking indoors or outdoors, to keep body temperatures normal.

*Hypothermia symptoms include shivering, sluggishness or confusion, bluish skin, and a body temperature of below 95°. If you or someone you know shows signs of hypothermia, get help immediately.


We at your Douglas County PUD wish you and your family a joyful holiday season.

We hope you will celebrate with safety by following these simple rules:

Take Care When Decorating With Lights

  • All cords should be completely insulated, and all sockets attached firmly to the cords.

  • Only cords labeled for outdoor use should be used to decorate your yard or outside your home.

  • When decorating outdoors, keep ladders away from overhead power lines.

  • Don’t overload electrical outlets. Too many plugs in one outlet may create enough heat to start a fire.

  • Keep paper and tinsel away from hot lights.

  • Keep lights away from water.

  • Unplug cords when you string lights.

  • Unplug lights before you go out or to bed.

Best Wishes for a Bright New Year!

Fish Return

The Columbia River has enjoyed record returns of adult salmon and steelhead this year.  At the Wells Project, the 2000 adult returns started out with a bang with the highest number of adult spring chinook salmon (2600) since 1988.  The sockeye salmon run, with almost 60,000 fish passing the Project, is the largest sockeye run since 1984. And summer chinook counts exceeded 10,000. The last time we saw numbers like that was 1979.  The summer steelhead run and the fall chinook run are both expected to be at record levels. These record returns will not reduce government pressure for fish protection. 

Douglas PUD’s Wells Project, located at river mile 515.8, is the upper most hydroelectric project to provide fish passage on the Columbia River. The Wells Project has two adult fish ladders, one at each end of the dam.  These ladders provide a safe and efficient migration route.  Additionally, the Wells Project is fortunate to have the most effective juvenile bypass system on the entire Columbia/Snake River system. The bypass system takes advantage of the natural behavior of young fish to guide them through specially modified spillways at the dam.  This translates to high survival for the young outmigrants which in turn means greater adult returns. You can see a scale model of the Wells bypass system in the lobby at our East Wenatchee office.

But that’s not all Douglas PUD is doing to help improve the fish survival at the Wells Project.  The District has installed a series of wires that stretch across the river directly below the dam.  These wires, called gull wires, are extremely effective in deterring gulls from preying on the young salmon that might be briefly disoriented as they pass the Project.   Additionally, the District funds a pikeminnow removal program that removes nearly 100,000 pikeminnow over 10 inches in length each year.  Together, these programs protect millions of young salmon and steelhead that would have been prey for these voracious predators.