Saturday, December 29, 2007

Snake River

The Snake River is the river, in the western part of the United States. The Snake River is 1,038 miles (1,670 km) in total length, and is the Columbia River's most important tributary. The Lewis and Clark expedition (1803-6) was the first main U.S. exploration of the river, and the Snake was one time known as the Lewis River. The Snake River's many hydroelectric power plants are a most important starting place of electricity in the region. Its watershed offers irrigation for various projects, as well as the Minidoka, Boise, Palisades, and the Owyhee projects by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, with a variety of private projects for example, at Twin Falls. On the other hand, these dams have as well had an adverse environmental effect on wildlife, most remarkably on wild salmon migrations.

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