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Study looks at future water in Columbia River Basin

Warming temperatures in the future will produce changes in the Columbia River Basin, with more precipitation in winter months and less during the summer, according to a new study released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The assessment projected impacts on water resources in the states of Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Washington over the next seven decades.

Lake Roosevelt levels to rise slowly through holiday

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was at 1282.60 feet above sea level today -- up more than two feet since Tuesday. The elevation of Lake Roosevelt is expected to continue to slowly rise over the next week. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation predicts...

Lake Roosevelt rising toward full pool around July 12

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was at 1280 Tuesday and is likely to rise to the 1284-1286 range on July 3 as it continues to gradually fill, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says. That could keep extended-holiday boaters and campers on their toes, especially if...

Low runoff boon to spring recreation on reservoirs

Forecasts for below-normal spring runoff are prompting an early start to the boating and camping season behind the region’s big dams. Reservoir drawdowns are less severe this year because hydro-power managers don’t need to make room for huge amounts of snowmelt pouring out of the mountains.

Columbia River salmon plan challenged

Conservation groups and fishing interests have challenged the federal government’s latest plan for making Columbia River dams safe for salmon runs. The complaint was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland against NOAA Fisheries Service, which oversees salmon protection, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operate the dams.

Forgotten sacrifices: Grand Coulee Dam memorial found in Colville

GRAND COULEE – By most accounts, the last life claimed by the Grand Coulee Dam was that of Howard Gumm. The day he died, July 27, 1984, the Teamster was hauling dirt along Lake Roosevelt in an effort to stabilize shores near the dam when the slope Gumm was working on gave out. He, along with his massive truck and 1.3 million cubic yards of dirt, sloughed into the lake. At his memorial, his son Randy said, his father’s Thermos, hardhat and lunchbox stood in proxy of the body. Those possessions had floated to the surface of the lake following the disaster, but his body has never been found.

Dam worker dies in fall near Ephrata

Holger "Hal" Jensen died Wednesday from head injuries sustained during a fall earlier in the week at a dam about 18 miles east of Ephrata, according to the Bureau of Reclamation.