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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.

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.

A decision in early January by the British Columbia Supreme Court found that operation of the Kenney Dam on the Nechako River in northwestern B.C. to power Australia-based Rio Tinto's aluminum smelter in Kitimat is harming the waterway and its historic Indigenous fisheries.

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…

Idaho Department of Fish and Game managers say it's pretty rare to catch a 10-foot white sturgeon in Idaho. But fishery biologists doing surveys for sturgeon between Lower Granite and Hells Canyon dams last fall caught three in one week, including two that they'd never caught and tagged befo…

A federal judge has ruled that Washington state has failed for years to protect aquatic species from toxins in its waters and ordered EPA to reconsider its denial of a petition from Northwest Environmental Advocates asking the federal agency to step in.

A TransAlta coal transition grant of more than $228,600 will support weatherization and energy efficiency improvements at the Roxy Theater in Morton, Wash., an effort led by the Fire Mountain Arts Council. Work is already underway to make improvements and repairs to the theater roof, HVAC sy…

After two years of advisory committee meetings, gathering input and rewriting drafts, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a nonnative game fish and fisheries policy on Dec. 3 that attempts to balance popular sport fishing for nonnative species with conservation needs of nativ…

The U.S. and Canada will meet for a 12th round of Columbia River Treaty negotiations Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of State announced. Both countries released statements after Dec. 9 negotiations. "During this round, the United States and Canada discussed ecosystem priorities, post-2024 flood…

The drought situation since October has improved throughout much of the Northwest. And despite below normal snowpack for mid-December, it's likely to get even better, climate experts said during a drought webinar Dec. 13.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a description of the alternatives being evaluated in its Willamette Valley System EIS, and has provided a virtual room with videos, digital poster boards, maps and slides to help the public understand the process.

Fred Koontz, a commissioner on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission since Jan. 5, resigned from his six-year term on Dec. 13. Koontz was a commissioner from King County and did not indicate his reason for leaving. His departure leaves two vacant positions on the nine-member commission…

Researchers found evidence of gas bubble trauma (GBT) in resident fish at federal dams in the Snake and Columbia rivers during spring spill this year, but not enough to trigger operational changes, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist told the Columbia River Technical Management Team on Dec. 1.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality awarded four grants totaling $1 million to add 14 electric vehicle fast chargers along major highways across the state, tripling the number of fast chargers currently in the state, according to a Dec. 6 announcement by the department.

John Harrison, information officer for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, is the author of a new History Press book titled "The Columbia River," a part of the Images of America series. The book features 200 photos from historical archives, government agencies and personal collecti…

Kevin Nordt is stepping down as Grant County PUD GM and CEO on Dec. 6, due to ongoing treatment for prostate cancer. The 56-year-old will instead become the PUD's inaugural chief resource officer.

REC Silicon President and CEO Tore Torvund is stepping down, the company said Nov. 30 in a statement. Torvund, nearly 70, has led the company for 12 years. REC CFO James May will act as CEO while the board of directors recruits a replacement; the company's corporate controller Douglas Moore …

BPA will hold a public meeting Nov. 30 to consider Clark Public Utilities' request to partially discontinue the use of its River Road generating plant, a 248 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle combustion turbine within Clark's service territory near Vancouver, Wash.

Idaho Power and Whooshh Innovations were each recognized Nov. 17 with the National Hydropower Association's 2021 Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters award, both in the category of recreational, environmental or historical enhancement.

Vlad Gutman-Britten is leaving his post as Climate Solutions' Washington director to join the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as assistant director for policy and markets. During Gutman-Britten's seven-year stint at Climate Solutions, he led the group's strategy and …

The Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board issued a ruling Nov. 3 granting a partial summary judgment for respondents in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. State of Washington, Department of Ecology [P20-043c].

Lewis Pitt, director of government affairs and planning for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, was confirmed by the Oregon Senate on Nov. 15 to serve on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council beginning Nov. 19. Pitt was nominated by Gov. Kate Brown to serve throug…

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