EPA Loses Again In Ninth Circuit, Must Move Forward On Setting Temperature Limits For Columbia/Snake River, Or Appeal To Supreme Court

April 2nd, 2020

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s challenge that asked the court to rethink and rehear its decision that calls on the agency to move ahead in setting temperature limits for the Columbia and Snake rivers to protect salmon and steelhead.

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Conservation Groups File Lawsuit To Halt Corps’ Willamette Basin Water Allocation Study, Says Could Harm Chinook, Steelhead

March 12th, 2020

Conservation groups filed suit in federal court Thursday to stop a process by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allocate the water in its Willamette River basin reservoirs among irrigators, cities and fish, saying such an order is necessary to protect imperiled spring chinook salmon and winter steelhead.

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EPA Challenges Appeals Court Ruling On Setting Temperature Limits For Columbia/Snake Rivers, Wants Re-Hearing

March 5th, 2020

Both a U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have recently ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must set temperature limits for the Columbia and Snake rivers to protect salmon and steelhead, but the agency is returning to the Appeals Court to challenge the latest decision.

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Diverse Group Calls For Northwest Governors To ‘Foster New Dialogue’ On Columbia Basin Salmon Recovery

February 26th, 2020

A diverse group of river users, utilities and environmentalists is calling on Northwest governors to lead the way to find collaborative solutions to recover Columbia/Snake River Basin salmon and steelhead populations listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Idaho Power Intervenes, Files To Dismiss Hells Canyon Water Quality Lawsuit

January 9th, 2020

Idaho Power filed a petition in December in Multnomah County that asks the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed in July 2019 by Pacific Rivers and Idaho Rivers United that had challenged the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s water quality certification for the utility’s Hells Canyon Complex of Dams – Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon dams.

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‘The Time Has Come’: Ninth Circuit Orders EPA To Produce In 30 Days New Temperature Limits For Columbia/Snake Rivers To Protect Salmon/Steelhead

December 20th, 2019

Is it the obligation of the states of Oregon and Washington? Or is the Environmental Protection Agency responsible for completing Total Maximum Daily Load limits for temperature to protect salmon and steelhead in the Snake and Columbia rivers?

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