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As the Northwest Power and Conservation Council ponders undertaking an extensive study of breaching the lower Snake River dams, the fate of the hydropower projects is drawing renewed attention from the White House and several Congressional Republicans from the Northwest. Read more

A White House blog entry that detailed recent consultations with tribes and discussions with stakeholders led by the Council on Environmental Quality garnered varied reactions from those involved in a long-standing lawsuit over operations at Columbia Basin dams and their impacts to salmon. Read more

On March 17, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon in Oregon granted an unopposed motion by American Rivers to dismiss it as a plaintiff in the most recent complaint in National Wildlife Federation et al. v. National Marine Fisheries Service et al., a long-running suit contesting the operations … Read more

As fishery managers go through the annual process of allocating salmon harvests, both in the ocean and throughout the Columbia Basin, they're predicting that much improved Pacific Ocean conditions will offer up somewhat better returns for many salmon and steelhead runs this year compared to … Read more

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council released a draft of its annual report to Northwest governors on costs of the Fish and Wildlife Program incurred by the Bonneville Power Administration in fiscal year 2021. The Council voted to release the draft on March 15, which is open to public… Read more

Seattle City Light filed a draft Initial Study Report (ISR) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission March 8 outlining initial results from 33 studies that will help determine what actions will be taken to manage cultural, environmental and recreational resources as part of the Skagit R… Read more

Barbara Baker, an at-large member of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission since 2017, was elected to serve as commission chair by fellow commissioners at a March 19 meeting. Baker is an attorney who served the Washington Legislature, most recently as chief clerk for the state House of… Read more