Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a…

Gov. Inslee releases draft report after Snake River dams stakeholder study

The draft report of Governor Inslee's state-funded study on the Snake River dams is now available to the public.The state legislature provided funding to the governor's office in the 2019-21 operating budget to fund The Snake River Dams Stakeholder Engagement…

The Dam Dilemma: Links to Other Resources

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Spring spill begins at four lower Snake River dams

The Army Corps of Engineers begins spring spill at the four lower Snake River dams on Wednesday, hoping a new method will benefit both fish and hydropower. The Corps' Walla Walla District owns and operates the four dams - Ice…

With treaty set to expire, will there be rough waters ahead?

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from the United States and Canada don't strike a deal.

Reps. McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse urge Inslee to veto Snake River dam study

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Two Republican members of Congress from eastern Washington are urging Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to veto funding to study the impacts if four dams on the Snake River are breached to help salmon. The Legislature appropriated $750,000 to study how best to help local communities if the federally owned dams are breached. The bill is sitting on Inslee's desk.

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - More California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border are being killed under a revised policy, federal authorities said Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service made public reduced criteria for removing sea lions at Bonneville Dam about 145 miles (235 kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean.

State allocates $750K to study removal of Snake River dams

SEATTLE (AP) - The state budget approved this week includes $750,000 to study the impacts of the possible breaching of four Snake River dams to help salmon recovery. The Seattle Times reports the legislation calls for a neutral third party to develop a process for local, state, tribal, federal and other stakeholders to weigh in on issues that would surround a decision to breach the four federal dams.

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas contentious issue

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of the critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the quickest way to get more fish to the starving salmon-eating whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower Snake River, a tributary of the Columbia River. Others say the dams provide many benefits to the region in hydropower, navigation and recreation.

Threatened ground squirrel could halt Idaho dam expansion

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Officials say a threatened squirrel species could halt plans to expand a dam in western Idaho. The Capital Press reports the Idaho Water Resource Board has approved spending up to $30,000 to study mitigation options for the effects of the Lost Valley Dam expansion project on the northern Idaho ground squirrel.