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Document Type: Contract Report
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 7012
Title: Flow-net relationships in the forebay of John Day Dam, 1982
Author/Editor: Albert E. Giorgi
Publication Year: 1983
Contracting Agency: Report of the National Marine Fisheries Service to the Bonneville Power Administration. Portland, Oregon
Project Number: 82-8
Date: 1983

During the spring of 1982, the National Marine Fisheries Service initiated a multiyear research program to define the effects of river conditions and dam operations on the current system (flow–net) in the forebay of John Day Dam on the Columbia River and to relate smolt passage behavior to the physical characteristics of the flow–net.  Twelve digital, magnetic recording current meters were deployed in a grid within the restricted zone adjacent to the dam on 13 May 1982.  Current velocity and direction were monitored until 3 November 1982.  During this initial year, research efforts focused on gathering the first general data on flows within the forebay of John Day Dam and developing the computer software necessary to ultimately construct the flow–net model.