President Donald Trump signed two bills related to the Columbia River into law on Dec. 20. The Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act (S. 216) compensates the Spokane Tribe for lands lost with the construction of Grand Coulee Dam (CU No. 1933 ). The other bill, the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act, (S. 50) authorizes funds to assess more than two dozen tribal fishing sites along the Columbia River, many of which have become permanent tribal communities, for safety and sanitation (CU No. 1933 [9.2]).
Snohomish County PUD has awarded two grants as part of a four-year pilot program to spread the savings from solar energy generation to low-income customers. The grant recipients—the Community Resource Center of Stanwood-Camano and HopeWorks—will receive money based on energy generated by the PUD’s community solar facility in Arlington, Wash. The PUD expects each organization to get about $7,000 a year. The groups will use that money to help their clients pay their energy bills.