spillway-fish-Salmon River-Oregon-fish habitat-photography, SwittersB

Man’s attempt at some form of habitat management and control of Salmon/Steelhead/Sea Run Cutthroat passage up the Salmon River (Oregon Coast). I am sure there was/is a supposed benefit to the fish with the construction of this spillway at the hatchery on the Salmon River. Yet there is a visceral brain tweak with ugly, manmade, unnecessary coming to mind. The supposed practical vs. wild/natural conflict in my mind. The river does look better at a higher level and hides the ugly structure below. I doubt there was a passage issue before that the fish could not have conquered at such a low gradient. The first image was in early October, the second shot in January.