Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: March 2000

Utility Starts Relicensing Of Baker River Dams

By Jim Feehan Skagit Valley Herald Placing fish in elevators and handling a potential eruption of Mount Baker were some of the questions posed to Puget Sound Energy officials at a meeting Thursday to discuss relicensing the utility company’s Baker … Read on 

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Relicensing Of Dams Begins

By Jim Feehan Skagit Valley Herald Efforts to restore salmon have put new wrinkles on the debate over the future of dams on the Skagit River and its tributaries. Puget Sound Energy is beginning the process of renewing its licenses … 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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Dam Relicensing A Long, High-Stakes Game

By Patti Walker Hells Canyon Journal The relicensing of the Hells Canyon Complex of three dams is an enormous, complex, lengthy, and high stakes” undertaking. That was made evident to county officials and others attending a special meeting in Halfway … Read on 

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Recreation/Socioeconomic Working Groups Develop Large List of PMEs

By Richard Uhlhorn Chelan Valley Mirror Everything eventually comes down to the bottom line… money. In the case of the ongoing Lake Chelan Hydroelectric Project Relicensing efforts, the bottom line is also money. To date, the Chelan County Public Utility … Read on 

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A Good Economic Case For Removing The Dams

By Sara Patton and Karen Garrison Seattle Post-Intelligencer In his March 4 Soapbox column (Lower Snake dams benefit environment”), Brett Blankenship of the Washington Wheat Growers Association delivers a valid but very one-sided assessment of the environmental pluses offered by … 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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Company Found A Better Way

By John Webster The Spokesman-Review It happened quietly, unnoticed in the storm. Like a salmon hatching in sonic remote Idaho stream, while thunder rockets off the mountain walls and hail pelts the leaves. Last month, with little fanfare, two large … Read on 

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NW Power Supply: There’s A Problem

By Hasso Herring Democrat-Herald The more you read about the power supply outlook in the Pacific Northwest, the less it makes sense even to consider giving up the four hydropower dams on the lower Snake River in order to improve … Read on 

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Linford Introduces Power Merger Bill

By Gene Fadness Post Register BOISE – Rep. Golden Linford, R-Rexburg, convinced the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday to introduce a bill that could make it more difficult for power companies to buy or merge with other power companies. … Read on 

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Dam Talks In Limbo

Stalled dam relicensing negotiations may soon get back on track with federal, state agencies, stakeholders By Garret Jaros The News Review Negotiations are under way on whether to continue settlement talks to relicense the dams on the North Umpqua River. … 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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Agency Denies Permit To Fire Up Aged Enloe Dam

By Dan Hansen The Spokesman-Review Federal regulators have dimmed hopes of firing up an aged hydroelectric dam in Eastern Washington. But the future of Enloe Dam remains uncertain, as it has been since 1959, when the dam last produced electricity. … Read on 

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BPA Warns Of Peak-time Power Shortages

By Barbara Guardino Daily Journal of Commerce How easy it is, to take it for granted – flip the switch and the lights go on. Could it be possible that, in a region like the Pacific Northwest – known for … 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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