A wet January helped offset what had been an extremely dry water year since October, according to Ryan Lucas, hydrometeorologist for NOAA's Northwest River Forecast Center. But significant snowmelt over the past week is having the opposite impact on the region's water supply, he said. Read More

Steve Kerns, BPA's director of grid modernization since 2018, will retire in April, Administrator Elliot Mainzer said during the agency's Feb. 4 Quarterly Business Review. Kerns has been employed by Bonneville for nearly 28 years, the first five as a contractor. In his early years at BPA, he… Read More

Trying to prepare for the upcoming EIS on the Columbia River System Operations, this reporter took a deep dive into the science behind juvenile fish survival in the lower Snake and Columbia rivers, and came up for air with a little more knowledge and a lot more uncertainty. Read More

The Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, individual tribes and nonprofit groups are objecting to Idaho Power's settlement offer, which would use some of the measures from its settlement agreement for a water quality certification as articles f… Read More

The federal pipeline safety agency on Feb. 6 proposed requiring installation of remote-controlled or automatic shut-off valves on new and replacement gas and hazardous-liquids pipelines over 6 inches in diameter. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Land Management finalized management plans for federal… Read More