The final state regulatory review needed to transfer ownership of the four lower Klamath River dams from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corp. came with the Oregon PUC's license transfer approval on July 27, with conditions to keep the commission informed through the transfer process. Read More

The formal nomination of Charles "Chuck" Sams III to be director of the National Park Service was forwarded to the Senate for confirmation on Sept. 13, the White House said, which on Aug. 18 first stated its intent to do so. Sams is an Oregon member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Co… Read More

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown explains the events that led her to direct the state to join plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking the removal of the lower Snake River dams for the benefit of wild salmon and steelhead. In response to the ­editorial, which originally appeared in the East Oregonian ­newspape… Read More

Plans to install fish passage facilities at three hydroelectric projects on the Lewis River in southwestern Washington could be back on track after initially being tabled by federal agencies that had favored a proposal by PacifiCorp to consider habitat improvements in the upper watershed. Read More

Pointing to this year's record-low steelhead run, some Columbia Basin fish managers are asking BPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to wait until December before using an operation that stops the flow at lower Snake River projects during the night—holding back the river for up to six hou… Read More