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

Clean energy legislation and plans to retire more coal-fired power plants in the next 10 years have upended conclusions of the 2018 Lower Snake River Dam Replacement Study, according to an analysis by Energy GPS and commissioned by Northwest RiverPartners. Read more

The Wild Fish Conservancy filed notice on Jan. 9 it intends to sue the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries Service for authorizing what it calls an overharvest of Chinook salmon in the southeast Alaska troll fishery. The group claims the NMFS-approved harvest threat… Read more

Construction began Jan. 10 on a new hatchery east of Milton-Freewater, Ore., that's expected to double the number of spring Chinook smolts released into the South Fork Walla Walla and Touchet rivers to 500,000 releases annually. Read more

A Wenatchee-area fruit processing company has agreed to reduce the copper and zinc it discharges into the Wenatchee River and pay $150,000 for projects that improve local water quality under a settlement agreement with Columbia Riverkeeper. Read more

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) on Jan. 14 elected Richard Devlin, of Oregon, to be the Council's new chair in 2020, replacing Jennifer Anders, who chaired the Council through 2019. Devlin has served as vice chair for the past year, a post that will now be filled by Mont… Read more