PNNL opens renovated Aquatic Research Laboratory

<p>Aquatic Research Laboratory</p>

Aquatic Research Laboratory

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory opens a newly renovated lab to study salmon survival through dams.

PNNL opened its new 7,400 square foot Aquatic Research Laboratory this afternoon.

The original facility was built in 1972.

The lab is used to study the environmental impacts of hydroelectric dams and other renewable power sources.

Researchers also use the lab to raise fish and simulate the conditions fish experience as they pass through dam turbines.

"We are going to have better control over our water quality to begin with so we can raise more fish. We have different species of fish now that we can bring in. We'll have more space for the work to be done" said David Geist, technical group manager.

The renovation cost $4.9 million.