FERC Denies Emergency Stay Requested By PacifiCorp/Cowlitz PUD Over Lewis River Fish Passage Required By NOAA/USFWS

September 30th, 2021

After federal agencies ruled in July that PacifiCorp and Cowlitz County Public Utility District must provide fish passage at their Lewis River dams in Washington, the utilities turned to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking for an emergency stay on that ruling, which FERC denied late last week.

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With Few Snake River Sockeye Making It To Sawtooth Basin, Endangered Fish Hang On With Captive Breeding, Outplanting Adults Into Lakes

September 30th, 2021

So far just 42 sockeye salmon completed the 900-mile swim through eight dams from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho’s Sawtooth Basin, an even lower return of the endangered fish to the basin than in 2015 when warm water in the Columbia and Snake rivers killed 90 percent of the run before they arrived at Ice Harbor Dam.

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Feds Say Despite Fish Managers’ Objections Zero Nighttime Flow Plan In Lower Snake Will Continue; ‘Clear Benefit To Region’s Ratepayers’

September 23rd, 2021

In a quick vote at this week’s interagency Technical Management Team meeting, federal river operating agencies denied a fisheries managers’ request to delay their nighttime flow plan in the Snake River that is due to begin in mid-October. Fisheries managers want to delay the operation a month and a half to December when they say fewer salmon and steelhead are migrating in the river.

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Yakama Nation’s Translocation Of Pacific Lamprey From Bonneville Dam, Along With Hatchery Outplantings, Showing Results In Yakima River Basin

September 16th, 2021

The abundance in the Columbia River basin of a fish species rich in nutrients that provides a source of food for numerous riverine birds and animals, as well as Native Americans, has been in decline over the past 20 years, according to a presentation this week at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee meeting.

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EPA Proposes Adding Bradford Island At Bonneville Dam To Superfund List; PCBs, Heavy Metals, Contaminants

September 16th, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add the Columbia River’s Bradford Island to its Superfund list -- the country’s highest priority contaminated sites requiring cleanup. Bradford Island is part of the Bonneville Dam complex operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Fisheries Managers Again Request Delay To Power Peaking, No Nighttime Flow At Lower Snake Dams; Say Salmon, Steelhead Still Migrating

September 16th, 2021

Specifically citing low steelhead return numbers to the Columbia/Snake rivers, fisheries managers are again asking dam operators to delay zero nighttime generation at Lower Snake federal dams – power peaking, no flow – due to the presence of migrating adult and juvenile salmon and steelhead. They say it’s the wrong time to turn a riverine environment into a lake with no flow.

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