Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Category: Biologic Opinion

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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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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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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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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Differing Viewpoints About Bear Lake Told Before Regional Commission

Jim Kimbal, Rolf Esche and Bryce Nielson represented differing interests in the management of Bear Lake at the Bear Lake Regional Commission meeting August 30. Kimbal, who attended FERC hearings in Soda Springs, said the federal agency needs to be … 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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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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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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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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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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‘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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