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Monthly Archives: March 2009

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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Grand Coulee contract awarded

Koontz Electric Co., Morrilton, Ark., has received a $6 million construction contract to furnish and install three new power transformers and related equipment in the Grand Coulee Dam right powerplant. 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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High-desert hydro

The desert southwest of Rogerson could host a little more water in the near future, according to a proposal by a group of hydropower developers. Symbiotics LLC, a multi-state company with offices in Rigby and Boise, is seeking permission from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study building a 1,100-megawatt pumped-storage hydropower project several miles west of Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir, on China Mountain. Read on 

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Decade-plus of work planned at dam

The Bureau of Reclamation will begin a $400 million to $600 million project to refit generators in Grand Coulee Dam’s Third Powerhouse, the Bureau said this week. Read on 

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