The idea that an Idaho Republican might be ready to embrace removing the four lower Snake River dams drew a few hundred laughs at the 2019 Environmental Conference at Boise State University on April 23, after Gov. Brad Little proclaimed, "When it comes to salmon and steelhead, I want to stat… Read more

The Environmental Protection Agency says the Clean Water Act does not require it to determine the causes of water temperature issues in the Snake and Columbia rivers, that Washington and Oregon have retained that duty, and that a U.S. District Court judge in Seattle erroneously transferred t… Read more

A week after flexible spill operations began on four Columbia River dams, the Bonneville Power Administration held a workshop to explain how it plans to avoid passing the spill costs on to ratepayers, while hydroelectric dam operators discussed the quirks of a spill program that's never been… Read more

Compared with the surrounding countryside, transmission line corridors may seem like unimportant pieces of the larger landscape. But with 15,000 miles of corridor to maintain through ecosystems that range from deserts to wetlands, the Bonneville Power Administration puts a lot of thought and… Read more

After spending the last 10 years developing fish passage facilities to allow adult and juvenile salmon and steelhead to bypass its three dams on the Lewis River, PacifiCorp is planning to spend the next 10 restoring habitat where returning fish can spawn and their juveniles can thrive. Read more

A lawsuit filed April 3 by two environmental groups says federal agencies are relying on old information to authorize coastal fishing rules, and want the National Marine Fisheries Service to take a new look at the impacts of the Pacific Salmon Plan on endangered southern resident killer whales. Read more

The Willamette River in Oregon and the South Fork Salmon River in Idaho are on American Rivers' list of America's Most Endangered Rivers for 2019. Released April 16, the annual list identifies 10 rivers that face imminent threats, according to its news release. The Willamette River is listed… Read more