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Monthly Archives: April 2000

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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Rural Power Funds Shrink In Senate

By Svend Holst Juneau Empire Power Cost Equalization couldn’t make it all the way over a Republican wall in the Senate on Wednesday. Today, probably, it’ ll scale the wall after losing some fiscal weight. Two bills that would set … 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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Craig’s One-Sided Bill

By J. Robb Brady Post-Register U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, wants a one-sided approach to dam re-licensing. The Idaho Republican would revise laws governing the re-licensing of private dams by: – Limiting how much power companies are obligated to pay … Read on 

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Dam Relicensing Is Greater Issue Facing Idaho Power

Staff Idaho Statesman It’s too early to read a lot into Idaho Power Co.’s contention that it will be unable to meet peak demands by the summer of 2004 unless the company’s power capability is increased. Company officials are not … Read on 

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Bureau Of Land Management Discusses Recreation Issues On Snake River

By Chris Moore Argus Observer A Baker City Bureau of Land Management employee, described recent efforts by the federal agency to plan for management of recreational facilities along the Snake River at Hells Canyon during Monday’s Ontario Chamber of Commerce … 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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Power Study Says Region Needs To Boost Capacity

By Andy Giegerich Columbia Basin Although a new report says the Northwest may suffer power-supply problems in the next few years, observers say area businesses should be a little cautious, as opposed to alarmist. Most dramatically Northwest Power Planning Council’s … Read on 

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Pend Oreille PUD Seeks Box Canyon Relicensing

By Kim Crompton Journal of Business Pend Oreille Public Utility District No.1, which serves about 7,400 electricity customers in northeast Washington, has applied to federal authorities for a new operating license for Box Canyon Dam, a 60-megawatt hydroelectric facility located … Read on 

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Next Bonneville Hit

By D. Michael Heywood Columbian Members of the Pacific Northwest’s congressional delegation have taken to their well-practiced defensive positions against the latest in a series of skirmishes against the Bonneville Power Administration. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., put it as baldly … Read on 

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Federal Action Drying Up Homes, Farms In Methow

Staff The Grange News Water rights and dam removal are two hot issues that are building to a head as the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) ends its public comment period this month and gears up to move ahead with … Read on 

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PUD Wins National Award For Internet Web Innovation

Staff Chelan Valley Mirror Being the first to use the Internet to keep agencies and the public informed on relicensing efforts for the Lake Chelan and the Rocky Reach Hydroelectric projects has earned Chelan County PUD a Hydro Achievement Award … 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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