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Summer blazes in the hills near Dreamwood Bay on Liberty Lake prompted an all-hands-on-deck response, including those dancing in the pavilion lodge.
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.
Today, Columbia and Snake River salmon, and orcas that depend on them, are at risk of extinction. And Washington state regulators are taking a new regulatory role to chill fish-killing hot water at four dams on the lower Columbia, and four on the lower Snake.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a report Tuesday detailing summertime water temperature problems on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers and assigning significant responsibility to federal dams.
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.
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.
Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and its sister agencies say they are satisfied with the improvised public comment period on a landmark salmon and dams study, despite it occurring during a national public health emergency.
Federal agencies canceled listening sessions on the study, published in February, that recommended against removal of the Snake River dams. Conservation groups still say the 45-day window for comment is too short.
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.
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.
A significant step in the long debate over how best to save and recover Snake River salmon and steelhead populations will begin to play out in the near future.
Sam Mace, the inland northwest director of Save Our Wild Salmon, will be the featured speaker at the Spokane Canoe and Kayak club’s February meeting.
A new poll from Boise State University indicates that Idahoans are roughly split in their support for removing the four lower Snake River dams in Washington to save the Gem State’s threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.
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.
Bill suggesting the removal of dams and locks in Western Washington tries to make a point, but may not move the salmon debate forward.
The problem of dams in the Northwest is complex and not just simply one between dams and fish. We need to remember that network of “flood busters” is saving our bacon.
More than 300 people turned out to listen to a dialogue about the future of the lower Snake River, its dams, threatened salmon and steelhead runs, agriculture and power production at a meeting in Clarkston on Tuesday evening.
As we plan for our region’s energy needs, it is our right and responsibility to make our voices heard now.
Study says differences over the fate of Snake River dams “remain deep,” suggests ways to improve understanding.
State officials say a recent national investigation on the status of one portion of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure – dams – should be a wake-up call to the region about future safety. But the dams identified are earthen structures, and solutions to any potential flooding are more complicated than simply building or repairing big concrete spans.