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McMorris Rodgers bill would speed dam licensing, designate hydropower as ‘renewable’

WASHINGTON – A new bill from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers would speed up the licensing process for hydroelectric dams and let a federal agency waive licensing requirements for small projects, as the Republican from Washington’s 5th district continues her efforts to make hydropower a bigger part of the nation’s evolving energy grid.

Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan from flooded communities, and the governor warned that one downtown could end up “under approximately 9 feet of water” Wednesday.

Idaho fishing towns object to Columbia River study

Business leaders from some of Idaho’s smallest towns located along some of its best salmon and steelhead rivers are telling the federal government that angling is vital to their economies and steps must be taken to preserve the hard-fighting fish.

Groups want more time to comment on Columbia River plan

A little more than a week after the federal government unveiled its massive draft environmental impact statement on the Columbia River Hydropower System and its effects on salmon and steelhead, some interest groups are asking for more time to formulate their public comments and questioning if public hearings should be delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Federal report advises against breaching of four Snake River dams

The draft environmental statement released Friday suggests changes to the spill rates at area dams in an effort to ensure survival of migrating fish populations. But conservation groups called the report rushed by the Trump administration and argued it didn’t go far enough to protect the interests of tribes, whose lands were inundated by the construction of the dams, and other groups dependent on fish.

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse says he’s found peace as a lawmaker in his third term

Dan Newhouse, a former state agriculture director and lawmaker, was first elected to Congress in 2014. His wife of 35 years, whom he said was his biggest cheerleader, died in 2017. Newhouse has since remarried, and has earned the trust of the district through his thoughtful approach to lawmaking, supporters said.