Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Category: Environment

Safe passage for fish a challenge at The Dalles

Fish biologist to take dam off to-do list By Quinton Smith Oregonian There were fish problems at The Dalles Dam. Too many young salmon and steelhead migrating down the Columbia River each spring and summer never made it past. A … Read on 

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Resurgent Northwest salmon show dam ‘spill’ is better than barging

Salmon success recasts debate By Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman Lorri Bodi’s call in the 1990s for federal dam managers to divert Columbia River flows away from hydroelectric turbines to aid endangered salmon was met by anger and an army of … Read on 

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New hatchery part of Grant PUD licensing costs

By Lynne Lynch Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA — The costs associated with the estimated $43 million Chief Joseph Hatchery north of Brewster were planned spending for Grant County PUD’s licensing efforts. Grant PUD received a new federal license to own … Read on 

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Madras Inventor Makes "Pipe” Dream a Reality

By Susan Matheny Pioneer Paul Jensen, who for decades flew the air streams as a crop spraying pilot, saw a correlation between airflow and waterflow, which helped lead to his invention of a vastly improved fish bypass system for dams. … Read on 

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Search is on for a solution to balance Northwest power

Federal agency reaches agreement with one developer to provide its own backup resources By Nathalie Weinstein Daily Journal of Commerce When Northwest winds aren’t blowing, the energy grid compensates automatically by tapping into hydropower sources operated by the Bonneville Power … Read on 

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Studies on dam removal on track

Decision likely by the March 2012 decline By Ty Beaver Herald & News Federal authorities studying the feasibility of Klamath River dam removal are on schedule and say the U.S. Secretary of the Interior should be able to make a … Read on 

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County signs Seattle agreement

By Janelle Atyeo Newport Miner NEWPORT – Pend Oreille County commissioners officially signed off on a agreement over the next 10 years of impact payments for Boundary Dam, ending two years of heated negotiations with dam owners Seattle City Light. … Read on 

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Future of fishing on WS River sans dam open for discussion

By Staff The Enterprise With removal of Condit Dam set to begin next fall, representatives of state and federal fish and wildlife agencies will hold a public meeting next Tuesday, Aug. 31, in Underwood to discuss the future of sport … Read on 

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Congressman tours new Baker River fish facility

By Staff Courier Times CONCRETE – U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Everett) visited Puget Sound Energy’s Baker RIver Hydroelectric Project to hear utility staffers promote the economic and environmental benefits the energy facility brings to the region. PSE is reducing the … Read on 

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Public meeting scheduled on hydropower for Bowman Dam

PGE is voluntarily seeking input from affected residents By Jason Chaney Central Oregonian Next week, local residents will have their first opportunity to weigh in on a proposed hydroelectric power plant on Bowman Dam. Portland General Electric is hosting a … Read on 

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Ancient Northwest fish in peril

Columbia River: As efforts help salmon rebound, lampreys are in danger of becoming a thing of the past By Ben Pittman-Polletta The Oregonian At the north side of the Bonneville Dam spillway, what looks like a ventilation duct zigzags out … Read on 

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Round Butte Dam tower to release more cold water

Deschutes River: Operators will try a cooler mix to meet temperature goals By Quinton Smith The Oregonian Operators of a massive new water tower at Round Butte Dam near Madras agreed Friday to again release more cold water into the … Read on 

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Tacoma Power receives 50-year license for Cushman Dam

By Arla Sherphard Shelton-Mason County Journal More than a year after Tacoma Power and the Skokomish Tribe agreed to settle their three-decade-long fight over the Cushman Dam properties, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order Thursday amending the … Read on 

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PSE completes Baker River hatchery

By Staff Daily Journal of Commerce BELLEVUE – Puget Sound Energy recently completed a new fish hatchery and upstream trap-and-haul facility on Baker River in the North Cascades.

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No more give in the NW power grid

By Ted Sickinger The Oregonian On the afternoon of May 19, in a single chaotic hour, more than a thousand wind turbines in the Columbia River Gorge went from spinning lazily in the breeze to full throttle as a storm … Read on 

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Columbia River dams get upgrades

More power will be generated from same amount of water via $120 million project By Shannon Dininny Daily Journal of Commerce BRIDGEPORT Wash. —Workers are preparing to install a new 45-ton turbine at the second-largest producing dam in the United … Read on 

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Low snowpack could impact power prices

By Sean Ellis Idaho State Journal The extremely poor snowpack levels in Idaho this winter could have a significant impact on power prices down the road. "There won’t be an impact his year, but there might be an impact next … Read on 

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BPA warns electricity rates could increase

By Staff Wahkiakum Co. Eagle The Bonneville Power Administration now estimates it will likely finish the fiscal year with negative net revenues of approximately $230 million. This shortfall was reported in BPA’s second quarterly review published April 30 and is … Read on 

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New heart at the dam

Tacoma Power Rebuilds 1968 Machines Inside Washington’s Tallest Dam By Dian McClurg The Chronicle MOSSYROCK — What weighs 62½ tons, is 16 feet in diameter and will soon help generate 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of energy each year? If you said … Read on 

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Corps outlines steps to study breaching Snake dams

A study is not imminent, and it would take several years to complete. By Kevin McCullen Idaho Statesman A dramatic decline in the four-year average of wild salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act or a natural catastrophe … Read on 

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$11M effort to make fish-safe turbine

By Staff Daily Journal of Commerce The US Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded an $11 million contract to Voith Hydro of York, PA for work at Ice Harbor Lock and dam on the Snake River near Burbank. Voith will … Read on 

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Studies about dam removal on track

Interior Secretary to make decision by 2012 By Ty Beaver Herald & News The process to determine whether removal of four Klamath River hydroelectric dams is feasible and the best way to improve the river’s fisheries is on track. About … Read on 

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Planning continues to boost fish populations

New contract seeks safer turbines for fish By Staff Daily News Engineers will develop the first of a new generation of advanced hydroelectric turbines for the Federal Columbia River Power System to provide safe passage for fish, under a contract … Read on 

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Let’s be sure Shoshone Falls’ future is secure

By Editorial Times-News Fifty years is a long time to repent in leisure. So let’s make sure – very sure – of what we’re in for if the Federal Energy Regulatory Agency approves Idaho Power’s plans to replace two small … Read on 

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Turbine design taps into water power

By Steve Brown Capital Press Burt Hamner has a simple idea: Tap the nearest running water — say, an irrigation canal or a river — to generate electricity. That electricity, he figures, could be used on-site to operate irrigation pumps … Read on 

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2010 breaching of Condit Dam not likely

Preparation, soliciting bids may not leave enough time to meet target date of October Erik Robinson The Columbian Condit Dam is shown shortly before dam owner PacifiCorp agreed in 1999 to remove it rather than install expensive fish ladders. A … Read on 

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Shortage could still hit farms

Irrigators review water agreement final draft By Ty Beaver Herald & News The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement still leaves the Klamath Reclamation Project vulnerable to water shortages in an extreme drought situation, attorney Paul Simmons told irrigators. The document also … Read on 

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Tacoma Power’s Mossyrock Dam up for renewable energy award

By Staff The East County Journal Tacoma Power’s project to rebuild two generators at Mossyrock Dam stands out as a top renewable energy project and is a finalist for the Utility Scale Renewables Award from RenewableEenrgyWorld.com and Renewable Energy World … Read on 

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BPA postpones plan

Agency to study effects of water level changes on Lake Pend Oreille By Becky Kramer Spokesman Review The Bonneville Power Administration has temporarily shelved its request to raise and lower Lake Pend Oreille by up to 5 feet this winter, … Read on 

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Chinook repeat perilous journey

Salmon must endure same obstacles when returning up Oregon Rivers to spawn, then die By Beth Casper and Stefanie Knowlton Directed by her nose and an inexplicable sense of direction, an adult female Chinook will find her way back from … Read on 

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Running for their lives

Will recovery efforts in the Willamette Basin be enough to save a species that scientists fear could become extinct in 40 years? By Beth Casper & Stefanie Knowlton Cold, clear water gurgles past banks thick with vine maples, hemlocks and … Read on 

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Officials work out kinks

Fish collection system goes online By Holly M. Gill Pioneer At the Pelton-Round Butte Dam, fish seem downright eager to pass through the new fish transfer system. One yearling spring Chinook salmon was so anxious to head for the ocean … Read on 

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Final funding for Gold Ray Dam removal could come soon

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board will award $1 million if environmental studies show best outcome for dam is to remove it By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune GOLD HILL — Jackson County is on the cusp of securing the final cash to … Read on 

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N. America’s biggest fish slips toward extinction

By Matthew Brown, AP Daily News As efforts falter to save North America’s largest freshwater fish — a toothless beast left over from the days of dinosaurs — officials hope to stave off extinction by sending more water hurtling down … Read on 

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Agencies prepare for dam removal

By Adam Lapierre Hood River News Since its completion in 1923, the Powerdale Hydroelectric Project has been a major obstacle for aquatic wildlife in the Hood River. The 200-foot-long concrete diversion dam is located just a few miles upstream from … Read on 

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Local fish hatchery welcomes 700,000 coho salmon eggs

Nez Perce Tribe delivers eggs to Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery as part of restoration program By Staff Sandy Post The Nez Perce Tribe delivered approximately 700,000 bright orange-eyed Clearwater coho salmon eggs collected and spawned at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery … Read on 

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What’s all the dam fuss about?

Army Corps plays with Willamette water flows By Camilla Mortensen Eugene Weekly Green Douglas firs where the waters cut through. Down her wild mountains and canyons she flew. Canadian Northwest to the ocean so blue, Roll on, Columbia, roll on. … Read on 

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Salmon plan is close, judge says

Columbia River: The federal government added “insurance” for fish, but it needs work By Matthew Preusch The Oregonian Many hoped that more than 10 years of lawsuits over protecting Northwest salmon and operating Columbia Basin dams would come to a … Read on 

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Snohomish PUD reaches key agreements on Jackson Hydro project relicensing

By Staff Stanwood Camano News Snohomish County Public Utility District has reached agreements with several key parties as part of the relicensing of the Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project, located north of Sultan.

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Chester Dam makes good progress

By Joyce Edlefsen Standard Journal ASHTON — As the Henry’s Fork continues to drop over the Chester Dam, construction crews are working on both shores of the river on a project that could improve the fishery and produce 3.3 megawatts … Read on 

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Costs of removal

PacifiCorp: Removal, not relicensing, in best interest of customers By Ty Beaver Herald – News The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement calls for removal of four Klamath River hydroelectric dams, with PacifiCorp customers paying for the removal over the next decade.

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Power: EPUD seeks to add turbines despite roadblocks

By Susan Palmer Register Guard Amid the nation’s headlong rush for clean energy, two projects in Lane County show just how hard it can be to develop new sources of eco-friendly hydroelectric power.

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Hydro plant proposed near Henley

Irrigation district facility would be built at A Canal By Ty Beaver Herald – News Klamath Irrigation District is considering spending $1.5 million to rebuild a hydroelectric facility on one of its canals to generate revenue for the district.

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Bogged-down dams

Fish: The issue of chutes and ladders can’t be ignored By Susan Palmer Register Guard Dams are among the worst enemies of imperiled fish, such as some salmon and trout species. Yet some dam owners and operators have to spend … Read on 

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Dams – stakeholders tout agreement for removal

Stakeholders optimistic in spite of obstacles By Ty Beaver Herald – News Is this a blueprint for removing dams? That’s what James Honey said people are asking him about the recently released Klamath River dam removal agreement.

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Obama’s goal: Help salmon faster

The US is open to breaching – even removing – dams to protect the fish By Matthew Preusch Oregonian The U.S. government wants to do more to save Northwest salmon, and faster. And if that doesn’t do enough for the … Read on 

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Northwest wind power: My, how you’ve grown

Wind farms now have the capacity of two Bonneville dams. Many more are coming, and the region must face the challenges of this rapid growth By Staff Oregonian For the past decade, Northwest policymakers have treated wind energy like a … Read on 

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Conservation key word in Northwest energy plan

A council expects to meet 85 percent of new demand through efficiency By Ted Sickinger Oregonian The Northwest can meet 85 percent of its new electricity needs over the next 20 years solely through conservation, and can do so at … Read on 

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Detroit shutdown has been remedied

By Bill Sanderson Stayton Mail The algae and sediment bloom last week was caused by a malfunction at the Detroit Dam complex. Because the headgates did not work properly, they had to be shut down and water released from different … Read on 

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Tribe starts producing its own power

By Phil Ferolito Yakima Herald-Republic YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakama Nation is officially in the power generating business with the recent revival of a hydroelectric generator in the Wapato Irrigation Project. The electricity it generates will eventually be used to … Read on 

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Trout take a leap off dam for sake of science, other fish

Data will be used to help steelhead, Chinook By Beth Casper Statesman Journal A rainbow trout’s six-second trip over the 463-foot high Detroit Dam is helping scientists learn how salmon will fare on their journey to sea. For two weeks … Read on 

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Wind power throws curve at BPA

A new rate order draws attention to the challenge of managing intermittent power By Ted Sickinger Oregonian Utility wonks have been quipping for years that the future of energy in the Northwest is windy and gassy. When it comes to … Read on 

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As the wind blows

Power company tries to grapple with wind supply By Eric Florip East Oregonian Consider the state’s energy supply a giant juggling act. When demand spikes, the Bonneville Power Administration must send energy over its power grid to where it’s needed, … Read on 

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Hydropower open house set

Navy displays new turbine system plan By Jeff Chew Peninsula Daily News CHIMACUM — The U.S. Navy is taking steps to design and install a hydropower system offshore of Marrowstone Island and wants to float the proposal in front of … Read on 

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Governor signs Klamath dams bill

Federal officials meet about water agreement By TY BEAVER Herald & News Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a bill Tuesday allowing PacifiCorp to charge its customers to help pay for dam removal on the Kiarnath River as federal officials met in … Read on 

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Fish-friendly funnels

EWEB drains the Walterville canal for annual maintenance By Susan Palmer Register Guard WALTERVILLE – To understand what Eugene Water & Electric Board staff biologist Lisa McLaughlin is talking about when she says “fish screen,” completely disregard the word “screen” … Read on 

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Avista awarded 50-year dam license

Pact includes ways to protect resources By Brian Walker Coeur d’Alene Press POST FALLS – Avista Utilities on Thursday received a 50-year license to operate its five hydroelectric projects on the Spokane River, including the Post Falls Dam, marking the … Read on 

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Progress at Condit

Removal of White River dam set for next year after Department of Ecology ruling By Staff Columbian Spawning salmon can’t cheer – as far as we know – but legions of their human guardians are cheering a recent easement ruling … Read on 

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BPA rides the wind

Portland organization vies to integrate wind technology By Deirdre Gregg Business Journal The Bonneville Power Administration is trying — or may try in the future — an array of tactics to better integrate the variable element of wind into a … Read on 

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Judge has reservations on dam plan

He could take direct role in protecting imperiled salmon By Erik Robinson Columbian A federal judge has “serious reservations” of the lawfulness of a federal plan to balance imperiled salmon and federal dams in the Columbia River basin. U.S. District … Read on 

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New dam coming to Sultan

By Polly Keary Monroe Monitor & Valley News Clean energy or threat to fish? As the Snohomish PUD celebrates the coming construction of a dam on Youngs Creek near Sultan that will create enough power for about 2,000 homes, some … Read on 

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Hydropower doesn’t count as green energy, but some say it should

By David Chircop Daily Herald Hydropower is at the center of a running debate on the future of Washington’s green energy initiative. When voters approved Initiative 937 in 2006, the law required large utilities, including Snohomish County PUD, to get … Read on 

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Is dam a dirty word?

PUD wants 10 new mini-dams; environmentalists see trouble By David Chircop Daily Herald MONROE — More dams are coming. These aren’t the hulking concrete structures of the past.

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Spokane Falls will flow full time

Avista reaches dam-relicensing deal with Sierra Club By Becky Kramer Spokesman Review Water will cascade over the Spokane River’s waterfalls even during the hottest and driest of summers. Avista Utilities and the Sierra Club have worked out an agreement for … Read on 

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Sullivan field studies underway

By Janelle Atyeo Newport Miner NEWPORT — Now that the weather is warming, field studies have begun for the Sullivan Creek Hydroelectric Project. Studies will help determine some mitigation measures as the Pend Oreille Public Utility District seeks a special … Read on 

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Hydro plant would restore steelhead spawning areas

Under an agreement, hydro firm would install fish screens to aid smolts going downstream By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune APPLEGATE — A Utah firm is close to winning authority to retrofit Applegate Dam with hydropower turbines under an agreement that … Read on 

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All we do to save salmon could mean nothing

Fish that spawn in the south and in the summer will die first as the world warms. Idaho’s high elevation runs may offer one of the best changes the species has. By Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman The Pacific Northwest has … Read on 

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Dam pact aims to alleviate damage

Dignitaries from the tribe and the Pend Oreille Public Utilities District will meet at 10 a.m. today in Usk to sign an accord over the dam’s future operations. Drumming and songs from the Frog Island Singers will lend a festive note to the ceremony. George Skibine, acting director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is traveling from Washington, D.C., to attend. Read on 

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BPA grabs stimlus dollars to join wind revolution

As head of the Bonneville Power Administration, Steve Wright says he faces a challenge as immense as that of his predecessors who first harnessed the Columbia River to generate electricity. Today, the task is to weave the fickle force of wind into an electricity system built to handle the more stable and predictable energy sources of the 20th century. Read on 

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Revisions to river treaty floated

From its headwaters in British Columbia to its outlet at the Pacific Ocean, the 1,200-mile Columbia is an electrical powerhouse, generating more kilowatts than any other North American river. The prodigious output is a result of 14 dams and international teamwork. Read on 

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Power for the people

Why would an East Coast energy executive jokingly liken electricity in North Central Washington to a notorious street drug? Lisa Karstetter, Yahoo!’s Quincy spokeswoman, was on the receiving end of that comment during recent travels to five eastern states. Read on 

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Corps to trap and transport fish over Cougar Dam

BLUE RIVER – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $9.7 million contract to Nan McDougall Company of Tualatin to reestablish upstream fish passage at Cougar Dam. Fisheries biologists believe that reconnecting adult spring Chinook and hull trout to this high-quality habitat will substantially support recovery of endangered fish populations in the Willamette River subbasin. Read on 

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Judge makes one more plea for compromise on salmon, dams

PORTLAND – U.S. District Judge James Redden has struck down two salmon and dam plans for the Columbia and Snake rivers. Read on 

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Pipeline to serve hatchery

In an unanimous vote Tuesday, with Deputy Mayor Betsy Wharton absent, the Port Angeles City Council approved providing the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe with an easement on city-owned property for the construction of a water pipeline. Read on 

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Dam removal could aid coho salmon

Dam removals typically make waves in the Pacific Northwest. But most stories involve big dams blocking big fish along big rivers, like the dwindling chinook salmon runs along the Snake River. That’s what makes an ongoing effort to remove a small dam on Kellogg Creek near its confluence with the Willamette River near downtown Milwaukie unique. Read on 

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Tacoma pays to end feud with tribe

The City of Tacoma and the Skokomish Indian Tribe officially ended a dispute Monday over a pair of dams on the Olympic Pensinsula that dates to the late 1920s. Officials from the city-owned Tacoma Public Utilities, the Skokomish tribe and numerous federal agencies gathered for a breakfast meeting at C.I. Shenanigan’s restaurant in Tacoma where they held a ceremonial signing of a settlement that gives the tribe millions of dollars and allows Tacoma Power to continue producing electricity for 40 more years. Read on 

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PUD wishlist: $1 billion

As President-elect Barack Obama calls for an epic economic stimulur plan, the utility is sending Congress a wish list that includes nearly $1 billion in investments for tidal, geothermal, solar and low-impact hydroelectricity projects. Read on 

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Hydro Biop Held Up Over Dam Breaching Language

By Bill Rudolph NWHA newsgroups The long-awaited final version of the Columbia/Snake hydro BiOp will likely be postponed for at least a week, according to NMFS spokesman Brian Gorman. Originally scheduled to he released Dec. 15., Gorman said the delay … Read on 

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Salmon Concerns Could Sink Plan For Lake Tapps

Pact Threatened: State agencies want enough water in river to protect fish runs By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Growing pressures to save salmon could blow big holes in the negotiations to save Lake Tapps. Lakeside homeowners, government agents and … Read on 

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New NMFS Research

By Bill Rudolph NWHA Mailing List New research federal scientists reported last week has thrown more cold water on the notion that augmented spring flows improve fish survival in the Snake River. A report by NMFS scientists at last week’s … Read on 

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Dam Needs To Go, Conservationists Say

Chamber talk: Groups urge removaI of PacifiCorp’s Soda Springs Dam on North Umpqua By Garret Jaros The News-Revtew The removal of Soda Springs Dam is the best option for restoring historic fish runs and bringing long-term health to the North … Read on 

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It’s Unanimous! Power Council Approves New F&W Program

NWPPC members put the icing on the cake of their new fish and wildlife program last week, and then cut a real cake to celebrate the end of a long line-by-line march through the new program that began two weeks … Read on 

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Wired ‘Salmon’ Records How Fish Handle Rough Ride Through Dams

Scientists will use data to help lower mortality rate on the migratory journey By Amy E. Nevala Seattle Post-Intelligencer This month 601 salmon will take a survival test, plunging 40 feet down a spillway at Washington’s Rock Island Dam. Most … Read on 

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Tribes Question Water Plan

Lake Tapps: Leaders of 2 tribes criticize governor’s support of water withdrawal they say could hurt salmon By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Gov. Gary Locke said Monday that he had to exercise some restraint last week when he publicly … Read on 

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In Lieu Of Breaching, Council Looks At Salmon Recovery Options

By Bill Stewart Vancouver Business Journal It seems we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t when it comes to one of the most volatile issues facing Northwest residents. That Catch-22 situation centers around a proposal to breach … Read on 

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Locke Backs Drinking Water Option

Lake Tapps: Governor’s plan would avoid taxing property owners millions By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Gov. Gary Locke announced Monday night that his office will push a single solution to save Lake Tapps without assessing property owners millions of … Read on 

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Salmon Are The Truly Priceless Asset

By Tracy Warner Wenatchee World How much is gravel worth? A lot, If salmon can lay their eggs it in it. A consortium of fisheries agencies believes the ratepayers of the Chelan County PUD should pay about $100 million over … Read on 

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Green Power: Is it ripe for Eastern Oregon?

Solar, wind power too costly for major use By Craig Scott East Oregonian With nearly 200 days of sunny weather a year and lots of wind in Eastern Oregon, solar and wind power might seem like obvious sources of electricity. … Read on 

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Dam Removal Isn’t Your Concern, Eastern Washington Tells Seattle

By Phuong Le Post-Intelligencer Eastern Washington to Seattle: Mind your own dam business. After the Seattle City Council last month unanimously passed a resolution supporting the partial removal of four lower Snake River dams, authorities east of the mountains responded … Read on 

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Army Engineers Say Reservoir Drawdown Deserves No More Study

By Erik Robinson Columbian Calling it too expensive with too littie to be gained for salmon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday recommended no further study of drawing down the largest reservoir on the Columbia River. The corps’ … Read on 

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Lake Tapps’ Importance Questioned

Task force, officials join forces to study lake’s role in area water supplies, cost of preserving lake By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Sumner officials are questioning whether the city would suffer if Lake Tapps disappeared. The Lake Tapps Task … Read on 

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Salmon Protection Issue Heats Up

Politicians and environmentalists lock horns over how to save endangered fish. By Laurence M. Cruz and Mike Madden Statesman Journal Debate flared Thesday in Oregon, Seattle and Washington, D.C. over the future of endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest. While … Read on 

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Grant PUD Agrees To Spill More Water To Aid Endangered Salmon

Local power provider cuts deal with National Marine Fisheries Service By Devin Proctor The Herald Grant County PUD finalized an agreement this week with the goal of protecting young salmon and steelhead passing through Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams. Effective … Read on 

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FERC Meeting In Soda Draws Many With Interest In Bear Lake

News-Examiner A meeting held by FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in Soda Springs Aug.17 allowed many people from Bear Lake County to voice their desire to have Bear Lake includednin the relicensing of dams along the Bear River. The … Read on 

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Power Council Hopes Draft Change Helps Wildlife, People

By Michael Lancaster Capital Press SALEM – The Northwest Power Planning Council wants the public in 53 subbasins to help it direct millions of dollars to projects to lessen the effects that the federal hydropower system has on fish and … Read on 

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Looking Upstream

Effects of salmon plan on Idaho water might be long-term By N.S. Nokkentved Times-News TWIN FALLS – Recently unveiled salmon recovery efforts include continued water from Idaho – but whether that contribution would be permanent is no clear. Salmon recovery … Read on 

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Emergency Power Plan May Sacrifice Fish

Pushing water over dams to generate power for California could kill salmon By Michael Rose Statesman Journal The Bonneville Power Administration’s plan to help supply California with electricity during its power emergency which might send more Northwest fish through dam … Read on 

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Deal Concerns Fish Group

Opinion: Subcommittee of Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board not pleased with current deal By John Henderer The Chronicle Tacoma Power may have to look elsewhere for another signature to support its planned settlement agreement for its Cowlitz River hydroelectric dams. … Read on 

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Officials Agree To Salmon Strategy

Kempthome calls it recovery road map. By N.S. Nokkentved Times-News BOISE – Four Pacific Northwest governors, in a rare agreement Tuesday, signed a salmon recovery strategy they called historic – but skeptics called window-dressing. Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne called it … Read on 

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Congressional Report Warns Effects Of Dam Breaching Could Hurt Air Quality

General Accounting Office says Corps’ study underestimated effect of power, shipping changes By Les Blumenthal The News Tribune WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may have underestimated the negative impact on air quality if four Snake River dams … Read on 

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Governors Unite For Fish Plan

Northwest leaders ask Clinton to name leader for salmon recovery By Susan Gordon The News Tribune Gov. Gary Locke, together with the governors of Oregon, Idaho and Montana, has called upon President Clinton to appoint a federal salmon czar to … Read on 

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Governors Set Course For Fish Recovery

They call on Clinton to designate one official in region to oversee efforts By Erik Robinson Columbian SALEM, Ore. – Calling it a historic document,” the governors of four Northwest states offered their own road map Tuesday for maneuvering through … Read on 

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Politics Of Fish

The dams of the Snake River have become a symbolic rallying point for all sides of tile salmon debate By Erik Robinson Columbian For more than a century, people in the Northwest have fought over salmon. Ballot initiatives have proposed … Read on 

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Feds’ Salmon Plan Omits Dam Breaching – For Now

Agencies will rely on other action to save fish By Rocky Barker The Idaho Statesman Federal officials said they will delay until 2008 the longawaited decision on whether to breach four Snake River dams to save Idaho’s salmon. In the … Read on 

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Plan For Cowlitz Dams Is Approved

Tacoma Utility Board OKs package that commits $60 million to salmon By Al Gibbs The News Tribune Tacoma Power apparently will be allowed to continue operating its giant hydroelectric dams on the Cowlitz River in ways that might not immediately … Read on 

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Removing Dams Could Cause More Problems On River

By Ray Hughes Columbian In the 20th century, dams became a big part of the Northwest. We use them for power, navigation and irrigation. Ever since we put dams in the Columbia and Snake rivers, salmon runs have decreased. With … Read on 

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PSE Asks To Sell Water From White River

By Bruce Rommel Journal LAKE TAPPS – Puget Sound Energy is considering a plan to sell water from the White River to offset operating losses at its White River hydroelectric plant and preserve Lake Tapps. PSE wants to draw as … Read on 

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Brownout Time

This could be the year that energy supplies fall seriously short of demand cycles Several hundred Vanalco workers in Clark County have been pink-slipped. Alcoa just shut down the Reynolds mill in Troutdale it bought a few months ago. Kaiser … Read on 

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Water Released For Salmon Brings Benefits, Concerns

N.S. Nokkentved Times-News TWIN FALLS-Some have called for the water to be released sooner to help relieve water quality problems in the middle Snake River. U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, would just as soon leave the water in the American … Read on 

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To Breach Or Not To Breach?

That is not the question By: Mark O. Hatfield The Oregonian I am neither an advocate nor an opponent of breaching the four federal dams on the Snake River. It is tedinically feasible. Tbe Northwest’s electric power system can be … Read on 

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Hydro Dams Must Pay To Stay

Tom Stuart Times-News During the next decade, many privately owned hydropower dams in Idaho must obtain new operating licenses from the federal government. These licenses will last up to 50 years. Thus, the new licenses will affect Idaho’s economy, environment, … Read on 

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Anglers Fuming Over Tacoma Dam Deal

Fish Runs: Current agreement significantly different from assurances By: John Henderer The Chronicle Irate local anglers claim a deal touted by Tacoma Power to restore Cowlitz River fish runs actually will doom them to further ruin. Fishing groups say Tacoma … Read on 

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Lewis River Proposal Fishes For Salmon Solution

Dam relicensing plans expected to benefit fish By Kathie Durbin Columbian When the floodgates of Pacific Power and Light Co.’s new Merwin Dam closed in 1931, wild salmon and steelhead lost 80 percent of their habitat on the North Fork … Read on 

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PGE Stalls Bull Run Scuttling Due to Dam

By Doug Irving The Oregonian Portland General Electric’s plans to scuttle its Bull Run bydroelectric plant have snagged on Marmot Dam, officials announced Wednesday. The dam channels much of the Sandy River into Roslyn Lake and through the plant. For … Read on 

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Lake Tapps Preservation Task Force Schedules Update Meeting Thursday

By Rob Tucker The News Tribune With 13 months of work and negotiations under its belt, the task force formed to save Lake Tapps will report to the public this week. Pierce County Councilwoman Jan Shabro, who lives on Tapps … Read on 

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Council Guest: Predators, Not Dairies, Not Dams, Hurt Salmon

By: Aubrey Cohen Bellingham Herald Portland researcher Don Dodds came to Bellingham Thursday evening with his message that predators and ocean conditions, not dams and dairies are primarily responsible for salmon decline over the past century. There is no strong, … Read on 

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Tacoma Power Proposes Dam Deal

By Al Gibbs The News Tribune Tacoma Power officials have agreed to a proposal that aims to restore salmon and steelhead runs on the Cowlitz River while allowing the utility to operate its two hydroelectric dams there for another 40 … Read on 

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PacifiCorp Floats Proposal To Retain Dam

By Garret Jaros News-Review PacifiCorp officials have developed a new restoration package to improve wildlife habitat since leaving the settlement talks to relicense the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project in November. They said they’re offering a viable alternative to removing Soda … Read on 

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EPA Leans Toward Breaching Dams

By Les Blumenthal The News Tribune The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday became the first federal agency to officially suggest that breaching four dams may be the best way to improve water quality and restore endangered salmon on the Snake … Read on 

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Feds Consider Restricting Dams To Help Salmon

By Rocky Barker The Idaho Statesman Federal officials may place restrictions on Idaho irrigation dams like Lucky Peak in the salmon protection plan slated for release in May, If they do, farming, housing development and other activities that affect water … Read on 

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NMFS Will Push For Saving Dams As Well As Salmon

By Union-Bulletin and AP Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Federal fisheries officials are expected to say that if salmon recovery progress in the Columbia River Basin can be shown over the next 10 years, the Snake River dams may survive as well. … Read on 

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Reprieve For Dams Expected

By The Associated Press The Seattle Times The National Marine Fisheries Service is expected to say next month that 4 Snake River dams should remain standing for at least five or 10 more years. After that, if not enough progress … Read on 

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Dams Spill More Water For Fish

By Staff Skamania Co. Pioneer The volume of water spilled at four federal dams – Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day and Lower Monumental – will change to increase fish survival, according to the Bonneville Power Administration. The decision was the … Read on 

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Dam Re-licensing Bill Provides Balance

Editorial By Sen. Larry Craig Post-Register After reading the Post Register’s April 19, 2000, editorial, Craig’s one-sided bill,” three questions immediately come to mind: Did anyone from the Post Register attempt to discuss with me or my staff what my … Read on 

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Proposed Hydro Projects Effect On SSRAA Hatchery Unclear

By Darren Friedel Daily News The City of Ketchikan and the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association are attempting a project that hasn’t exactly worked in other Pacific Northwest communities – having a hatchery and a hydro facility share a water … Read on 

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Tacoma Power Turns A Bit Greener

Kim Echart The News Tribune Its nickname sounds like a political movement: Green power. What it stands for–electricity generated by renewable resources–is available in relatively few markets nationwide. It costs more than the traditional stuff. It has been embraced in … Read on 

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Administration May Be Putting Off Dam-breaching Ruling

By Robert McClure Seattle Post-Intelligencer The Clinton administration appears to be ducking the most contentious issue in the salmon-rescue debate–dam breaching–until after the November election. A decision on whether to restore Southeast Washington’s Snake River by disabling four dams will … Read on 

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PGE Gives $800,000 For Land Buy

Staff Pioneer Portland General Electric last week announced an $800,000 donation that will protect a meadow in the upper Deschutes basin that is considered critical to restoring steelhead runs above the Pelton-Round Butte dams. PGE has pledged money to the … Read on 

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Salmon Stranding Program Begins Second Year

By Joe Dennis Grant Co. Journal Grant County PUD has entered the second year of a program designed to improve the survival rate of recently hatched salmon in the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River below Priest Rapids dam. … Read on 

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Depth A Predictor Of Water Supply

By: Susan Gordon The News Tribune A team of government workers borrowed a National Park Service two way radio, entered Mount Rainier National Park through a normally locked gate, snapped on skis and snowshoes and followed an alpine ski expert … Read on 

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Air Quality Should Be A Part Of Dam Debate

By Wilfred R. Woods The Wenatchee World nnThe issue of removal of Snake River dams continues to be one that will not go away. It appears we’ll be living with this one for a long time, given the realities of … Read on 

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Groups Oppose Condit Dam Destruction

By Erik Robinson Columbian Two groups representing homeowners and anglers from White Salmon on Wednesday filed a motion with a federal agency to stop the removal of Condit Dam, which has blocked the White Salmon River for 87 years. The … Read on 

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River Advocates Protest Cushman Dam

By Susan Gordon The News Tribune It’s tough to get a message across at 50 mph, but that didn’t stop a tall, red-bearded man from trying Tuesday morning as he stood in front of a Tacoma Power plant carrying a … Read on 

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Let’s Not Discuss Salmon In The Dark

The region’s raging controversy concerning dams misses a powerful issue that gets you right where you live. By John Webster Spokesman-Review If hot air could generate electricity, the Pacific Northwest’s power shortage would be solved. Power shortage? What power shortage? … Read on 

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If You’re An Environmentalist, You Want Those Dams

By Brett Blankenship Spokesman-Review Lost in the debate about the future of the Snake River dams is this fact: keeping the dams is the environmental choice. Environmentalists” are supposed to be people who wish to protect the environment–clean air, clean … Read on 

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Senate Oks Bill That Will Help Save Lake Tapps

By Journal Staff South County Journal Three times turned out to be a charm for state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, and her efforts to save Lake Tapps. Roach attached a rider to Senate-House Bill 3099, eliminating the state’s 10-year limitation … Read on 

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4 State Dams On List Of ‘Wasteful’ Projects

By Fredric J. Frommer Army Corps of Engineers projects to continue operation of four Snake River dams and deepen the Columbia River are among the “25 most-wasteful water projects” in the nation, according to an environmental group and a taxpayers’ … Read on 

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Forest Service Softens Its Position Against A PacifiCorp Hydro Dam

By Rob Eure The Wall Street Journal/Northwest The U.S. Forest Service has backed off its demand that the biggest utility in the Northwest tear down a hydro dam on the North Umpqua River in Oregon, infuriating recreational fishing and environmental … Read on 

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Both Sides Speak Out In Salmon, Dams Debate

By Susan Gordon The New Tribune Some people believe tearing down dams is the right way to save salmon. Others aren’t willing to sacrifice the jobs that would disappear with the dams. Both messages were delivered loud and clear Tuesday … Read on 

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Dam Breaching Proponents Marshal Support

Activists demand action as best way to save NW salmon By Mike Stark Daily Astorian Breaching the four Snake River dams is one of the most important ways to head of extinction for several stocks of salmon in the Pacific … Read on 

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‘Green-Power’ Energy Trade Colors This Tale Of Two Cities’

By S. David freeman and Gary Zarker Seattle-Post Intellegencer Seattle and Los Angeles have put together an energy trade that makes excellent business and environmental sense and may be the first of many trades of green power between the publicly … Read on 

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Suit Demands More Water For Snake River

Proponents claim salmon survival is at stake Wire Service Daily Astorian Adding another dimension to the fight over removing dams, environmentalists and commercial fishermen filed a lawsuit demanding federal agencies increase flows in the Columbia and Snake rivers to benefit … Read on 

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Groups Sue To Boost Idaho River Flows

Boise salmon hearing today will draw thousands By Rocky Barker The Idaho Statesman On the eve of hearings on salmon recovery in southern Idaho, commercial fishermen and downstream environmental groups sued the federal government Tuesday to force increased flows of … Read on 

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Dam Breaching Debate Is Heating Up

Politicians, farm groups, weigh in on salmon plans Wire and Staff Reports Grant County Journal For once, the dominant sentiment was to save the dams rather than save the salmon. The fourth of 15 federal hearings scheduled on the subject … Read on 

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Bradley ‘Might’ Remove Dams

Candidate tells Seattle crowd he’d consider breaching 4 Snake dams By Beth Silver The News Tribune There was but one overriding question this crowd was waiting to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley answer: Would he support breaching the four … Read on 

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Governor Supports Breaching Four Dams

Snake River: Kitzhaber is the first major Northwest leader to take such a stand in the name of salmon recovery By Lance Robertson Register-Guard Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday endorsed breaching four dams on the lower Snake River as … Read on 

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Fishing For Answers On The Cowlitz

Tacoma Power negotiates with a host of interest groups to find ways to generate both electricity and fish runs without losing money By Al Gibbs The News Tribune Dave Becker slid his jet boat into a back eddy, holding it … Read on 

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Breaching Backers Plead For Politeness

Group worried public meeting could deteriorate into shouting match By Eric Barker Lewiston Tribune Breaching advocates want civility to reign at next Thursday’s public meeting at Lewiston concerning federal plans to recover salmon. They hope people with diverse viewpoints will … Read on 

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Dam Impacts Detailed

By Devin Proctor Columbia Basin Herald World Commission on Dams studies impact of Grand Coulee Dam as it affects irrigation, salmon, recreation and Native Americans The Grand Coulee Dam benefits the Columbia Basin region, but a recent study questions if … Read on 

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Power Planners To Change Funding

Science, local control basis for new plan By Jeff Selle, staff writer Coeur d’Alene Press Northwest power planners are changing the way they do business this year by seeking more science and local direction in their fish and wildlife enhancement … Read on 

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Status Quo Not An Option

Locke rejects regional salmon-power group Staff Register-Guard Washington Gov. Gary Locke says his state won’t participate in a proposed regional agency that would control Columbia River power production and salmon restoration programs. Locke’s position makes the proposed agency look better … Read on 

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BPA Customers Subsidize Irrigators

Millions in aid was federal plan to help region’s small farmers By Dan Hansen Spokesman Review Northwest residents pay millions to subsidize Columbia Basin irrigators, a newly released study of Grand Coulee Dam concludes. The federal policy to keep irrigation … Read on 

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Bonneville Fish Test Okayed By PUD

By Joe Dennis Grant Co. Journal Grant County PUD commissioners have agreed to a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and awarded a $272,000 contract for fish survival testing at Bonneville Dam to help the district improve … Read on 

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Governor Steps Up To Save Salmon

Environment: Kitzhaber urges Oregonians to use individual means to cut water pollution and save wild salmon. By David Steves Register-Guard Most of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s efforts to rescue threatened and endangered salmon runs have involved marshaling state money, leading task … Read on 

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Tribes To Acquire Majority Interest

By David McMechan, News Editor Pioneer Portland General Electric and the Warm Springs tribes are working on an agreement that would result, eventually, in the tribes acquiring more than half ownership of the Pelton-Round Butte hydroelectric facilities. Under the proposed … Read on 

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