Feedback comments in the January 6, CBB from Mr. Fred Mensik regarding “Removing Lower Snake dams will not return salmon, steelhead to historic spawning habitat,” are inaccurate and misleading.
One week after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released a package of salmon recovery strategies that includes proposed funding for a study of the impacts of removing the four Lower Snake dams, Northwest RiverPartners released the results of commissioned poll showing nearly 60 percent of respondents opposed dam breaching.
The Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration announced this week the completion of the major overhaul of three hydroelectric power units at Grand Coulee Dam, the largest power generating complex in the United States.
A federal court approved this month details on the “how” of fish passage, drawdowns and spill designed to aid salmon and steelhead passage at Willamette River dams, even as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing a new environmental impact statement for the agency’s 13 Willamette Valley Project dams.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee this week said he is seeking $187 million during the 2022 legislative session for salmon recovery strategies, including funds for studying the impacts of breaching the four Lower Snake River dams.
Where are we today, closing days of the year, with management of Columbia River Basin salmon recovery?
A Northwest conservation group is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for operating the agency’s lower Columbia River dams without U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pollutant permits.
Some 427,000 acre feet of water was available this year from the upper Snake River to augment flows for juvenile and adult salmon and steelhead migrating in the lower river.
In an exceptionally low flow and warm water year, Idaho’s Dworshak Dam water in 2021 was creatively preserved and used to help keep water cool downstream to aid salmon and steelhead migrating in the river at Lower Granite Dam on the lower Snake River.