U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's (R-Idaho) $33.5 billion proposal to breach four lower Snake River dams and compensate those who rely on them became a significant topic at the first public organizational meeting for a new Columbia Basin Collaborative—a draft name for the group initiated by four Nort… Read more

After the release of Rep. Mike Simpson's (R-Idaho) $33.5 billion vision that includes removing the four lower Snake River dams, NW Fishletter reached out to the Idaho congressman with a few questions. Here are the questions and his written responses. Read more

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) created a big splash when he released in early February a concept with a $33.5 billion outline for breaching the four lower Snake River dams and offering economic incentives to industries and communities dependent on them. Read more

On Feb. 7, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) rolled out his massive $33.5 billion proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams and compensate those who depend on them in an attempt to save Idaho's threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead runs. Read more

Filings in a long-running lawsuit over fish impacts from Columbia River System Operations are picking up after a hiatus during the 2019-2020 flexible spill agreement, and follow an initial volley on Jan. 20—the eighth complaint in the case—from 10 environmental and fishing groups. Read more

Two new applications with FERC to surrender and transfer a license for the four lower Klamath River dams, as a prelude to their removal, are drawing dozens of comments and motions to intervene from individuals, organizations, tribes, government agencies and elected officials. Read more

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife began the difficult task of removing Steller sea lions from the Columbia River last fall, and is set to resume operations to capture and kill those that venture up the river to feed on salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. Read more