Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife | localOPB/EarthFix | July 7, 2017 12:15 p.m. | Bonneville, Oregon
As a 20-year lawsuit drags on, federal dam managers need to prove to the court that habitat restoration is actually working to save salmon. And that’s no small task.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit over dams in the Columbia River Basin are asking the court to order federal agencies to spill more water over the dams this spring to help threatened and endangered fish.
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The US Forest Service responds to our interview with Oregonian reporters about their Canyon Creek fire investigation. And KEXP DJ Greg Vandy about Woody Guthrie's time in our neck of the woods.
The environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over oil spills from Grand Coulee Dam.
In a ruling Wednesday, Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon rejected the government's latest plan for protecting salmon in the Columbia River Basin, saying the system of fish-blocking dams “cries out for a new approach.”
Water supply forecasts are looking bleak for many Northwest rivers this year. Managers say that means the region will generate less hydropower.
The world's largest river restoration project is underway as two dams are demolished on Washington's Elwha River. Sightline Director Alan Durning pieced together this time lapse video using webcam shots of the Glines Canyon Dam being breached in four places Oct. 3-6:
I talked with Dave Ponganis of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about how dams on the Columbia River affect water temperature and what his agency does to keep the water at cool enough for threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.
I try to pay attention to what’s happening on the Columbia River. And I thought I had a handle on things generally. But I didn’t know that the river has been exceeding the temperature limit under the Clean Water Act for more than a decade. Did you know that?
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In an opinion issued today, Judge James Redden made a point to burn federal agencies on the weak aspects of their plans to offset the environmental impacts of the Columbia River hydropower system. I wanted to list a few of his most barbed remarks. But as Michael Milstein of Bonneville Power Administration pointed out, the judge left the most essential ...
The federal agencies that built the rejected dam mitigation plan (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation) released a joint statement suggesting Judge Redden's ruling isn't the end of the world. They say they're grateful to have until 2014 to work on a better plan, thought they will be considering an appeal:
In a 24-page opinion released today, Judge James Redden rejected the federal plan for managing Columbia River dams to protect salmon. In the opinion, he called the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's conclusion that the hydropower system will not jeopardize the survival of protected salmon and steelhead "arbitrary and capricious." And he threw in some zingers, too (stay tuned).
Landowners on Central Oregon’s Deschutes River and its tributaries would have at least 12 years without facing water-diversion limits or other restrictions triggered by the presence of a newly reintroduced steelhead that’s on the endangered species list.
An intriguing question has come up in the power struggle between hydropower and wind energy in the Northwest:
Wind energy advocates at the nonprofit Renewable Northwest Project issued a statement last week that hints at a legal fight brewing between the wind industry and hydropower managers. It stems from Bonneville Power Administration's decision to curtail wind turbines when there's too much spring runoff in the Columbia River Basin. The rub is that BPA decided not to compensate wind ...
Bonneville Power Administration has shut down natural gas, nuclear and coal-fired power plants to make room on the grid for lots of hydropower coming from spring water runoff passing through dams in the Columbia River Basin.
Bonneville Power Administration just announced it will reserve the right to dial down wind turbines this spring to manage the renewable power gridlock that comes when the region has too much wind and water at the same time.
Adding spillway weirs or fish slides to dams on the Columbia and Snake river dams have helped young fish survive their outmigration to the ocean, according to a progress report from hydropower system operators.