Independent consultants hired by the State of Washington to look at the impacts of breaching four lower Snake River dams discovered both hope and despair over the potential to resolve the longstanding issue, they said in their draft report released by Gov. Jay Inslee's office Dec. 20. Read more

After years of delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has 30 days to develop and issue technical documents outlining the causes of high water temperatures in the lower Snake and Columbia rivers, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Read more

The debate over lower Snake River dam removal is often framed as a tug-of-war between the perceived environmental benefits to salmon, steelhead and other aquatic life and the economic detriments to farmers, hydroelectric generation, a barging industry and the communities they support. Read more

Washington's Department of Ecology on Dec. 30 adopted revisions to its water quality standards that will allow operators of the eight lower dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers and five mid-Columbia dams to increase spill that would create up to 125 percent total dissolved gas (TDG) saturat… Read more

Idaho Power plans dropped its lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency after the federal agency approved the State of Idaho's 2012 request to increase maximum water temperature criteria in a stretch of the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam for two weeks each fall. Read more

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Dec. 6 unanimously adopted a conservation plan for four species of lamprey, including Pacific lamprey, whose numbers have been declining in the Columbia Basin since the mid-1990s. Read more

More than 146,000 northern pikeminnows were removed from the Snake and Columbia rivers under the Bonneville Power Administration's sport reward program in 2019, BPA reported. Attempting to reduce the number of larger pikeminnows that prey on juvenile endangered salmon, the program pays angle… Read more