U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) raised a few eyebrows on March 22 when he told the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) that the cost of maintaining the four lower Snake River dams is substantial and mentioned one Seattle study that concluded the cost of maintaining the dams is not wor… Read more

The State of Oregon amended a new complaint against federal agencies in National Wildlife Federation et al. v. National Marine Fisheries Service et al., while the Coeur d'Alene Tribe filed a new complaint in the case after Judge Michael Simon granted its motion to join as intervenor-plaintiff. Read more

The Washington Department of Ecology is proposing to ease water quality standards for aquatic life in the Chelan River after an analysis for the Chelan County PUD showed a natural barrier prevents use by summer Chinook, steelhead and cutthroat trout in the river's upper reaches. Read more

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council released its draft annual report to governors on March 10, which spells out the Bonneville Power Administration's costs for implementing the Fish and Wildlife Program in fiscal year 2020, from Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020. Read more

The Public Power Council is asking a federal judge to consolidate its lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with another lawsuit against the agency brought by environmental groups in 2018 that is currently in the remedy phase. Read more

The Klamath River Renewal Corporation submitted a draft biological assessment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 22 that evaluates the effects of removing the four lower Klamath River dams on species listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read more