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Definition of upriver

: toward or at a point nearer the source of a river

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Recent Examples on the Web The site of Robinette, several miles upriver, soon was gone. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, "Documentary about Oregon's secret Manhattan Project physicist to screen at Linfield College," 11 Jan. 2018 The diversion involved opening the massive Bonnet Carré Spillway 33 miles upriver from New Orleans and sending as much as 1.5 million gallons per second of water into Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans and the Mississippi Sound along the coast. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Floodwaters Diverted from New Orleans Killed Off Marine Life," 17 Sep. 2019 Angling and fall chinook retention will continue upriver from Bonneville Dam. oregonlive, "Fall chinook salmon fishing below Bonneville Dam to close early," 4 Sep. 2019 Underwater video cameras recorded no injuries when more than 1.5 million salmon migrating upriver passed by in 2015 during a test installation. Los Angeles Times, "Path to paradise? Alaskan village hopes to replace fossil fuel with water power," 17 Aug. 2019 Salmon runs are a phenomenon when the fish head back upriver to the spot they were introduced in order to spawn. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Milwaukee’s Secret Salmon Runs," 10 Sep. 2019 The creation of Lake Nasser, a 298-mile-long artificial reservoir upriver from the dam, and whose southern limits extend into Sudan, would require the resettlement of 90,000 people. Esther Pons, National Geographic, "Epic engineering rescued colossal ancient Egyptian temples from floodwaters," 17 July 2019 Guided tours head upriver from the public dock fronting Old Town Sacramento to just beyond the river’s confluence with the American River, where the banks are lusher and greener. Harriot Manley, SFChronicle.com, "Beer flows on the Sac River in new Brew Boat," 19 Aug. 2019 During the 19th and 20th centuries, rampant dam building across the United States blocked the migratory paths of many fish species, in particular salmon that naturally swim upriver to spawn in the rocky pools where they were born. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Here’s How That Internet-Famous ‘Fish Tube’ Works," 15 Aug. 2019

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1774, in the meaning defined above

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: toward the start of a river

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