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WEJ - Wells Dam Bypass Bay Sample

Status:   Active - Operational
Site Type: Juvenile Fish Bypass Facility  |  Organization: Douglas County Public Utility District No. 1
General Operational Period: Seasonally
Start Date: 4/27/2016 12:00 AM

Bypass Bay 2 on the right (west) side of Wells dam on the Columbia River, Washington. During the first year of operation, the top middle four windows of the 64 open windows in the bypass baffle were monitored by antennas to detect a sample of PIT tagged fish using the bypass bay. In 2017, the configuration was expanded to monitor 16 of the 64 open windows in the middle right column.

Current Operations

Last File Loaded: WEJ-2021-298-P-00A.xml
Date Last File Loaded: 10/25/2021 10:41 AM
Date Last File Opened: 10/25/2021 3:26 AM
Date Last File Closed: 10/25/2021 9:26 AM
Last Observation Tag: 3DD.003D624F12
Last Observation Date: 10/25/2021 6:58 AM
Detection Summary: Last Day's Observations

Contacts

Primary Contact:

Brett Turley
brett.turley@merck.com
208-841-2562

Data Steward:

Tom Kahler
tkahler@dcpud.org
509-881-2322

Location

Coordinates: 47.946712, -119.866469  |  River Km: 830

Operational History

Operational history describes the period the site was interrogating for PIT tags. The comments provide anecdotal information about the operation of the site during this period. Site operational periods are updated typically at the end of the calendar year.

Year Start Date End Date Comments
2021
2020 1/1/2020 12:00 AM 1/1/2021 12:00 AM Start and end dates based on timer tags. See event logs for additional operational information.
2019 1/1/2019 12:00 AM 12/31/2019 12:00 AM Start and end dates based on timer tags.
2018 4/2/2018 12:00 AM 1/1/2019 12:00 AM Bypass operations concluded August 19, but detections can still occur of fish that are not passing through bypass unit.
2017 4/6/2017 12:00 AM 8/30/2017 12:00 AM Bypass spill begins midnight April 8. Bypass operations concluded August 19, site was taken down August 30. Detections between these two date are of fish milling in the forebay.
2016 4/27/2016 12:00 AM 9/16/2016 7:20 AM Spill terminated at midnight on August 19. Equipment was removed September 16.

Configuration

Configuration metadata includes details about the equipment used at the site to detect and record PIT tags. A new configuration sequence record is created when equipment is added or removed from the site and the period of time it was active. A configuration sequence without an End Date is currently active.

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Start Date:  4/6/2017
End Date:  ----

Site Configuration Diagrams:

Equipment History

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Equipment Code Description Start Date End Date

Photos

Photos are contributed from stewards of the site.

Event Log Summary

Event Date Event Type Comments
4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM General Bypass spill began at 12:00 AM 4/9/2021, and the bypass will operate until midnight on August 9, 2021. Detections on WEJ antennas during bypass operations are likely downstream passage events; detections outside of the annual bypass operations are not passage events, but are fish milling in the forebay of Wells Dam. Even during bypass spill, the water velocity through the antennas is low enough that some fish may avoid entrainment through the spillway after detection.
8/20/2020 12:00:00 AM General Wells bypass operations terminated at midnight on 8/19/2020, at which time the spillway for the WEJ sampling array was closed, precluding fish passage via that route. Any detections on WEJ beginning at 12:00 AM 8/20/2020 through March 2021 are not passage events, but are fish milling around the WEJ antennas in the Wells Dam forebay.
8/20/2019 9:07:00 AM General Bypass operations at Wells Dam ended at midnight (PDT) on August 19, 2019. WEJ detections continue, but such detections are not bypass events because the spillway bypass gates are closed. Configuration of WEJ antennas in the forebay trash-rack slots upstream of the spillway gates allows for detections of fish swimming by or through antennas even when the spillway gates are closed. Bypass operations will resume in April 2020. Therefore, fish detected at WEJ from 8/20/2019 to April 2019 are not passing through the bypass unit.
4/22/2019 8:00:00 AM General The gate for Bypass Bay 2 (WEJ) at Wells Dam was reopened around 1:00 PM (PDT) on April 22, 2019. As noted in the event log for 4/10/19, detections on WEJ during the interim between the gate closure on 4/10/19 and the reopening on 4/22/19 were not passage events through Bypass Bay 2, but those tagged fish may have passed through adjacent bypass bays that were operating during that period.
4/10/2019 8:00:00 AM General The gate for Bypass Bay 2 (WEJ) at Wells Dam was closed around 8:00 AM (PDT) on April 10, 2019, to facilitate commissioning of Turbine Unit 2 (intakes located under one of the three bypass intakes that comprise Bypass Bay 2), and reopened around 1:00 PM (PDT) on April 22, 2019. Detections on WEJ during the interim between the gate closure on 4/10/19 and the reopening on 4/22/19 were not passage events through Bypass Bay 2, but those tagged fish may have passed through adjacent bypass bays that were operating during that period.
4/9/2019 9:07:00 AM General Bypass operations at Wells Dam began at 00:00 (PDT) on April 9, 2019.
12/31/2018 7:50:20 PM SiteUp WEJ recovered from a power outage that took it down the morning of December 26, 2018. Site recovered on December 31, 2018 7:50:20 AM (PST)
12/26/2018 12:00:00 PM SiteDown A power outage took WEJ down the morning of December 26, 2018, but battery backup allowed detections through 12:10:33 PM. Site recovered on December 31, 2018 7:50:20 AM (PST)
8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM General Bypass operations at Wells Dam ended at midnight (PDT) on August 19, 2018. WEJ detections continue, but such detections are not bypass events because the spillway bypass gates are closed. Configuration of WEJ antennas in the forebay trash-rack slots upstream of the spillway gates allows for detections of fish swimming by or through antennas even when the spillway gates are closed. Bypass operations will resume in April 2019. Therefore, fish detected at WEJ from 8/20/2018 to April 2019 are not passing through the bypass unit.
4/2/2018 1:23:36 PM SiteUp Site set up to upload tag files to PTAGIS. I also enabled site checking.
2/7/2018 8:23:00 AM General I updated firmware to both Master Controllers and all IS1001 readers to version 1.6.3. Also performed Windows updates on both data computers.
8/30/2017 1:50:51 PM General Bypass operations at Wells Dam ended on 8/19/2017 at 24:00, and will resume in April 2018. The WEJ site was taken down on 8/30/2017 at 13:43, and will resume data transmission upon resumption of bypass operations in April 2018. The three tags detected between the end of bypass operations on 8/19/2017 and taking the site down on 8/30/2017, were fish milling in the Wells forebay, rather than passage events.
8/30/2017 1:43:47 PM SiteDown I turned off site checking and uploading of data files for the season.
7/12/2017 12:26:00 PM General Performed data computer updates.
4/7/2017 10:50:53 AM General 12 antennas and IS1001s and a Master Controller were installed at bypass bay 2 in addition to the existing 4 antennas and Master Controller to make a total of 16. The top 8 antenna IDs are A1 through A8 and the bottom 8 antenna IDs are B1 through B8. The two MCs and the 16 IS1001s were flashed with version 1.6.2 The spillbay is set to open on 4/8.
9/1/2016 10:09:06 AM SiteDown Site was shut down on 9/1/16 at 07:20 and the antennas were removed from the water. It will be down until spring of 2017.
5/25/2016 10:40:00 AM General Douglas PUD electricians completed the CAN bus cable conduit run and ran the cable through it.
5/3/2016 12:48:00 PM General Connected data computers with the Master Controller. Set up computers to upload data to PTAGIS. Installed a firewall and antivirus, and TeamViewer on both data computers.

No Archived Event Logs