There will also be electricity in the surrounding four counties thanks to this beautiful building! Water diverted from the Saint Mary's River comes through a canal and dumps into 70 or 74 turbines, depending on who you talk to! When we heard there was a salmon-raising facility here, Barbara went on the hunt and found we could get a private tour ... all it took was a phone call!
Other salmon like the Coho, Pinks, Chinook and King are too aggressive towards the Atlantic, so they survive in the Great Lakes only thanks to this project. When the Atlantic are released, the fins are clipped to denote the year. As you can tell from the line of boats fishing above, they are very popular eating!!
One of the other thesis projects a student wrote had to do with lake sturgeon, two of which they still have at this facility. Sturgeon are not prolific here, and can only be caught by locals, and only one per year is allowed.
The students not only take care of all these fish, they do research projects in the river with the DNR on many other types of fish to keep them all happy. One of the big problems in the Great Lakes is the Lamprey, a nasty creature that grabs on to fish with it's sucker like mouth, eventually killing them. They are always working on ways to eradicate the lamprey without hurting the other fish.
Just a few steps away, the first in a line of 70 turbines was whining away ... quietly! There was very little noise and no vibration at all, either from the wall of water directly behind the stairway or the row of machines pumping out electricity.
This is our last morning in Sault Saint Marie as we pack up and head South this time, to Mackinac Island ... better known as "that place the great fudge comes from"!!!