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100 years ago in Spokane: Power company nearing final approval for dam at Bowl and Pitcher in Spokane River that would create 4-mile lake

The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that the Spokane Valley Power Co. was going forward with plans to dam the Spokane River at Bowl and Pitcher, creating “a lake four miles …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018

Rain runoff leads to fatalities, dam danger in Arizona

The impact of remnants from Tropical Storm Rosa was still rippling across Arizona Thursday as a collision on a washed out highway near the Grand Canyon left one person dead …


Officials warn Arizona dam could fail and flood village

An earthen dam in Arizona’s southern desert could fail and flood a small village because the lake behind it is swollen with runoff from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa, …


$300 million to dam up a dry canyon? It could make sense for the Mid-Columbia

A bone-dry canyon south of Kennewick could hold the key to planting more wine grapes and other high value crops along the Columbia River. Switzler Canyon, an ancient waterway above …


Flooding from Laos hydroelectric dam leaves hundreds missing

Massive flooding from a South Korean-constructed hydroelectric dam in Laos left several people dead and hundreds missing, state media said Tuesday. Rescue efforts were underway as top government officials rushed …


Utility worker dies in accident at central Washington dam

The Chelan Public Utility District says an employee has died while working at a hydroelectric dam south of Wenatchee.


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018

Soggy Alberto triggers mudslides, threatened dam is OK

As remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto spread into the Great Lakes region, people are keeping a weary watch on dams and hillsides as rains from the storms have triggered floods …


Threatened ground squirrel could halt Idaho dam expansion

Officials say a threatened squirrel species could halt plans to expand a dam in western Idaho.


Salmon advocates take to the water to call for dam breaching

Hundreds of salmon advocates launched dozens of boats on the Snake River here Saturday in what has become an annual event to show support for breaching the four lower Snake …


Crews begin to remove 107-year-old dam on Deschutes River

Crews have begun to tear down the 107-year-old Cline Falls Dam on the Deschutes River.


Funding $17 million short for Montana dam to save fish

A federal agency that plans to build a new Yellowstone River dam and bypass channel meant to save an endangered fish only has about half the money needed for construction.


More California rainstorms prompt reopening of damaged Oroville Dam spillway

State officials have reopened the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam as another set of rainstorms began moving across Northern California.


Water releases to resume at damaged California dam spillway

With stormy weather approaching, state water managers announced Thursday they will resume releasing water down a damaged spillway at the nation’s tallest dam.


Judge: More water must be released from Columbia, Snake dams

A federal judge in Oregon says that beginning next year, the government must spill more water from dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers to improve the chances that …


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017

California may face ‘significant risk’ from dam

California is courting a “very significant risk” if a damaged spillway on the nation’s tallest dam is not operational by the next rainy season, and the state’s plan for the …


Advocates urge judge to keep injunction on Yellowstone dam

Wildlife advocates are urging a federal judge to keep in place an injunction blocking a $57 million irrigation dam and fish passage proposed for the Yellowstone River.


Army Corps looks to replace homes lost to dam construction

The Army Corps of Engineers is looking for ways to replace homes that were destroyed when the Dalles Dam was built in 1957.


Oroville dam holding steady below flood control stage

Lake Oroville water levels have fallen below 850 feet, the flood control stage that officials normally want to keep the lake below this time of year, state figures show. In …


Badgers threaten Oregon dam’s safety

An Oregon dam is at risk from badger tunnels and other passages created by burrowing animals.


If California dam failed, people likely would be stuck

Communities just downstream of California’s Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself – rather than its spillways – were to …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017

Evacuation order lifted for nearly 200,000 Californians

Nearly 200,000 Northern Californians who live downstream of the country’s tallest dam were allowed to return home Tuesday after two nights of uncertainty, but they were warned they may have …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 11, 2017

Water flowing over emergency spillway at tallest U.S. dam

Water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam, on Lake Oroville, for the first time Saturday after erosion damaged the Northern California dam’s main spillway.


New Yellowstone dam challenged over sturgeon worries

Wildlife advocates plan to challenge the approval of a new Yellowstone River dam aimed at benefiting Montana and North Dakota farmers that critics say could kill off a dwindling population …


Dam debris poses threat to people on Elwha River

Olympic National Park is warning rafters and swimmers about metal debris on the Elwha River where the Elwha Dam used to be.


Endangered Yellowstone sturgeon would be helped with dam, Army Corps says

U.S. officials say building a $57 million concrete dam and fish bypass channel along Montana’s Yellowstone River offers the cheapest way to help an endangered species that dates to the …


Raising Arrowrock Dam on Boise River fails federal feasibility study

Hopes of Idaho officials to increase the height of a Boise River dam to double water storage and also create enough space to handle a 500-year flood ran aground after …


Feds move forward rejecting southeast Idaho dam project

Federal authorities have issued a final environmental impact statement recommending denial of a proposed dam in southeast Idaho on the Bear River. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released the document …


Huntington Park redesign includes tie-in to Riverfront Park

The gate to Huntington Park is often closed, even when the park is open. It’s just one of the access problems to a park that’s mainly a series of steps …


Batt: Fight Drawdown In Congress Governor Backs Sen. Craig’s Plan To Seek Legislation On Dworshak

Congress, and not the courts, appears to be the place to fight the federal government over drawing down Dworshak Reservoir, Gov. Phil Batt says. Batt, in a letter to the …


Dworshak Compensation Ok’d State, Tribe To Get Trust Funds, Despite Chenoweth Appeal To Bpa

The Bonneville Power Administration will compensate the state of Idaho and the Nez Perce Tribe for losses caused by Dworshak Reservoir, despite Congressman Helen Chenoweth’s objections. The federal power marketing …