Although the run of spring chinook into the Deschutes River is one of the lowest in years, as it has been throughout the Columbia River basin, the proportion of the Deschutes run that originated as reintroduced fish upstream of the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project near Madras, Oregon is one of the best in years, according to Portland General Electric.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday the Canadian government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion was “alarming and deeply disappointing.”
There is plenty of habitat available for reintroduction of spawning and rearing anadromous salmon and steelhead upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams, according to a recently completed report by upper Columbia River tribes.
Oregon and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have eight years in which to replace water pollution clean-up plans that allow temperatures harmful to salmon in some of the state’s key river basins, a federal court ordered late Tuesday.
The Columbia River Basin is in the midst of a robust runoff period that will level out with near-average flows on the lower Columbia through September, according to the last water supply briefing of the year from the Northwest River Forecast Center in Portland.
In an effort to reduce plastic pollution in the country’s waters, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that Canada will ban harmful single-use plastics -- such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks—as early as 2021. Canada has the longest coastline in the world and one-quarter of the world’s freshwater.
Responding to the reasonable and prudent alternative outlined in NOAA Fisheries’ 2008 biological opinion for federal Willamette Valley dams, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week proposed to build a selective withdrawal structure at Detroit Dam at a cost of about $100 to $200 million.The SWS would provide water temperature control downstream of Detroit and Big Cliff dams on the North Santiam River and it would provide downstream juvenile fish passage. The Corps would continue to transport adult chinook salmon and steelhead upstream of both dams where they can spawn naturally.
The Western Governors’ Association, in partnership with nine other organizations, is expressing “continued concerns” about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans and processes to revise its guidance on implementation and administration of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.
Idaho Power has taken a significant step toward a new federal license for its largest hydroelectric project with the states of Idaho and Oregon certifying the company’s plan for meeting water quality standards in the Snake River as part of its operation of three dams in Hells Canyon.