Stories tagged: dams
Wed., July 13, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Bull trout lawsuit targets 26 dams in Columbia River Basin
An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit contending that 26 dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are harming bull trout and violating the Endangered Species Act.
Tue., May 31, 2016
Opinions from past add perspective
Editorials covered Columbian Basin hydropower, welfare, expanded government services and Medicare.
UPDATED: Wed., May 4, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Restoration of Northwest salmon runs needs a better plan, judge says
A federal judge in Oregon says a massive habitat restoration effort doesn’t do enough to improve Northwest salmon runs.
Wed., April 6, 2016, 2:41 p.m.
Officials OK pact to tear down Klamath River dams
Endangered salmon blocked for nearly a century from hundreds of miles of the Klamath River in Oregon and California are expected to return en masse under unusual agreements signed Wednesday …
Mon., April 4, 2016, 3:09 p.m.
States, federal agencies will seek removal of Klamath dams
Oregon, California, the federal government and others have agreed to go forward with a plan to remove four hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest without approval from a reluctant Congress.
Tue., March 22, 2016
Opinions from past add perspective
Editorials covered health insurance, Columbia Basin reclamation, education and funding the Contras.
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 11:05 a.m.
Deer Park company gets contract for dam locks work
Two dams in Washington state are scheduled for $8 million in navigation lock repairs by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016, 4:35 p.m.
Deal boosts effort to remove 4 Klamath River dams
An agreement by California, Oregon and the federal government on Tuesday boosted efforts to remove four dams in the Pacific Northwest despite opposition in Congress.
Thu., Oct. 1, 2015
Killing cormorants to save salmon: 11,000 in crosshairs of controversial program
Shots ring out, then there’s a splash: Government agents gunning for double-crested cormorants have hit their mark again. Federal agents have stalked tiny uninhabited East Sand Island in the estuary …
Sun., Aug. 9, 2015
B.C. residents push for more-stable reservoir levels as Columbia River Treaty is renegotiated
NAKUSP, British Columba – Crystal and Janet Spicer grew up in a white-frame farmhouse on 60 fertile acres along the Columbia River in Canada. Their father was a local legend …
Sun., Aug. 9, 2015
Residents say Columbia’s dams have affected area families, economy
On a crisp day in March, Charlie Maxfield walked the along the mudflats south of Nakusp, remembering places that were flooded when the reservoir behind Hugh Keenleyside Dam filled. Maxfield’s …
Sat., April 11, 2015
Columbia Basin tribes lead effort to save lamprey
LAPWAI, Idaho – At the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery, hundreds of eel-like fish slither in holding tanks, their black eyes twinkling in the dark water like something from a child’s …
Thu., Feb. 26, 2015
Avista’s 2014 earnings up 73 percent
Last year was a busy one for Avista Corp. The Spokane-based utility celebrated its 125th anniversary, bought an electric utility in Alaska and sold off a subsidiary.
Fri., Feb. 6, 2015
State Senate GOP seeks to change clean energy rules
OLYMPIA – Republican legislators want to change the state law that says rivers and streams are not a renewable energy source. A Senate bill would allow electric utilities to spend …
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
B.C. official calls for Columbia River Treaty accounting
In the 1960s and 1970s, three huge dams were built in British Columbia to hold back the flow of the Columbia River. The entire Northwest still benefits from their construction. …
Thu., Oct. 2, 2014
Landers: Foam-line fishing gets fly fishers salivating
Saturday was scum bag day on the Clark Fork River. I’ve had better days of trout fishing in terms of fish caught.
Mon., Aug. 4, 2014, 8:51 p.m.
Historic deal requires Corps disclose dam pollution
For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking …
Sun., April 20, 2014
Field Reports: Lookout Pass expansion proposals presented
SKIING – An open house meeting to present proposals for expanding Lookout Pass Ski Area is set for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor’s Office, …
Thu., April 10, 2014
Deep drawdown: Lowering water levels test patience and ingenuity of local fishermen
Spokane anglers Jim Kujala and Dave Ross kicked butt on Lake Roosevelt rainbows all winter, catching their five-fish daily limits in as little as 20 minutes occasionally with the help …
Wed., Nov. 20, 2013
U.S., Canada clash over Columbia River Treaty agendas
Vast mudflats appear in British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa when the reservoir is lowered to protect U.S. communities from flooding. Houseboats moored on the reservoir get mired in the muck. And …
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013
Elwha River sees chinook salmon run increase
PORT ANGELES, Wash. – The largest run of chinook salmon in decades returned to the Elwha River this fall, according to officials with the Olympic National Park. Fish are streaming …
Sun., Nov. 10, 2013
Kokanee won’t run Lake Pend Oreille dam level
Kokanee no longer pack enough influence to keep the U.S. Corps of Engineers from fluctuating water levels at Lake Pend Oreille during winter. Since 1996, the lake level behind Albeni …
Sun., Sept. 8, 2013
Dam’s removal should boost steelhead trout
TROY, Idaho – A Troy city crew began chiseling away at the long-forsaken Dutch Flat Dam on Wednesday to clear the way for steelhead trout seeking larger bodies of water …
Thu., Sept. 5, 2013
‘Clean Hydro’ campaign hopes to build dam support
A coalition of utilities, river ports and farm organizations has embarked on a three-year, $3 million effort to improve Northwest residents’ perception of dams. The “Clean Hydro” campaign kicked off …
Sun., March 24, 2013
Boundary Dam relicensing will boost recreation
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved a new 42-year license for Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River north of Metaline Falls. Built in 1967, Boundary is the …
Sun., Sept. 2, 2012
Free-flowing Elwha rallies fish
PORT ANGELES – Scientists knew oceangoing fish would eventually return to the Elwha River on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, once two massive concrete dams were torn down. They just didn’t …
Thu., Aug. 23, 2012
Unusual alliance allows beaver relocation
It took more than six years, several legislative struggles, a raft of sniggering jokes, and the unlikely alliance of a conservative Eastern Washington Republican and a progressive environmental group, but …
Fri., July 13, 2012
Proposal streamlines retrofitting of nongenerating dams
WASHINGTON – The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. …
Thu., July 12, 2012, 2:09 p.m.
Congress eyes old dams as new power sources
The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. The Hydropower …
Mon., May 28, 2012
UI posts dam files online
LEWISTON – Some predicted that salmon and steelhead runs would be wiped out, bountiful big-game herds would crash and a beautiful canyon would be turned into a mud-lined reservoir. Others …