• The Columbia Basin Collaborative will hold its first meeting Nov. 30, when representatives on the integration-recommendations group will conduct a day-long virtual session. The newly formed group involves state, federal, tribal and stakeholder representation seeking to help develop a plan for rebuilding salmon and steelhead runs to healthy and harvestable levels. The meeting's agenda includes an overview of the collaborative's purpose and proposed approach, recommendations for group roles and responsibilities, and proposed topics for work groups. Members of the public wishing to listen must register by Nov. 29 and will not have the opportunity to speak during the meeting.
  • The Oregon Senate on Nov. 15 confirmed Lewis Pitt to help represent the state at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Pitt, the director of government affairs and planning for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, was nominated by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to replace Chuck Sams, who is awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation to serve as National Park Service Director. His first NWPCC meeting will be Nov. 19.
  • Speaking at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, FERC nominee Willie Phillips said Oct. 19 he would work to speed up licensing of small hydroelectric facilities. "One thing that I talk about a lot is efficiency and regulatory certainty." Biden nominated Phillips, chairman of the District of Columbia PSC, to fill the seat vacated by former Commissioner Neil Chatterjee. If confirmed by the Senate, Phillips would give Democrats a majority on the commission, which under federal law can have no more than three members from the same political party.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Oct. 27 launched the process to transfer federal ownership of the 1.9 MW Old Lahontan Power Plant on Nevada's Carson River to the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. Construction of the Old Lahontan facility and its three generators was completed in 1911. The district is the nonfederal operating entity for BuRec's Newlands Project, which includes the plant. Revenues from the sale of power from it have been used to offset the facility's operations and maintenance expenses. Public comments on the transfer are due to Reclamation by close of business Nov. 26.