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The Skagit County board of commissioners told the Seattle City Council and Mayor Bruce Harrell it cannot support relicensing three Skagit River dams unless the city commits to recovery objectives outlined by the Skagit Treaty Tribes, which have been pushing for fish passage. Read More

Some hatcheries in the Columbia Basin are preparing for water shortages and increases in water temperature resulting from climate change, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee learned during a Jan. 11 presentation. Read More

John Harrison plans to retire from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at the end of January after more than 30 years as its spokesman. Harrison was a newspaperman around the Northwest before joining the Council in 1990. He has written two books—a biography of Mona Bell, whose house… Read More

This week's column is meant to be a snapshot of where the Northwest is in its move toward participating in a wholesale energy market. Most, but not all, of the sources in the column were given anonymity to speak freely and give readers an idea of what people are thinking about either joining… Read More

For your convenience, NewsData has compiled a list of the acronyms we utilize throughout the Clearing Up publication. Read more

For the past six years, Wild Fish Conservancy has been testing a fish trap on the lower Columbia River with the goal of finding a fishing tool that would allow commercial fishing outfits to catch targeted stocks of salmon and steelhead—like excess hatchery fish—without harming wild fish and … Read More

Senators and representatives of hydropower trade groups on Jan. 11 said FERC should have a stronger role in licensing hydroelectric development, including the authority to set and enforce process deadlines. Meanwhile, the Department of Energy rescinded rules creating separate product classes… Read More