McNary Dam

McNary Dam.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a motion Aug. 4 by plaintiffs and defendants in the lawsuit over Columbia River System Operations EIS and BiOp that extends a stay in the case until Aug. 31, 2023.

With numerous commitments from the federal government—including an agreement to explore breaching the four lower Snake River dams—plaintiffs, defendants and many intervening parties agreed to hold off on further court action while pursuing "timely, basin-wide, durable comprehensive solutions that have the potential for resolving this litigation," their Aug. 4 motion stated.

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K.C. Mehaffey covers fish issues for Clearing Up, and is editor of the NW Fishletter. She joined the NewsData writing team in February 2018. From lawsuits to scientific studies, she is enjoying the deep dive into the Columbia Basin's many fish topics.