Washington Seeks Comment On Draft EIS For Proposed ‘Pumped Storage’ Project Near John Day Dam; Tribal Resources Would Be Impacted

June 8th, 2022

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking comment on a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Goldendale Energy Storage Project adjacent to the Columbia River near the John Day Dam. The document details the project’s negative impacts to tribal cultural areas.

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Lower Columbia Navigation Channel: Dredged Material Sites Nearing Capacity, Corps Preparing New Placement Plan To Maintain Channel Until 2044

April 20th, 2022

Army planners and Columbia River sponsor ports are hosting five virtual information sessions April 26-28 to update the public on their 20-year plan for managing dredged material from the Lower Columbia River. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ policy requires all federally maintained navigation projects demonstrate there is sufficient dredged material placement capacity for a minimum of 20 years.

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Columbia Basin Collaborative Says Not The Right Time To Consider Dam Breaching, Reintroducing Salmon To Blocked Areas; Wait For Other Forums

December 2nd, 2021

The four Northwest state representatives leading the Columbia Basin Collaborative told a new group it recently formed that it should not consider breaching lower Snake River dams as a way to recover salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin, nor should it consider reintroducing fish into areas blocked by dams until other forums already looking at those topics complete their work next year.

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White House Nominates Montanan For Director Of U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

October 28th, 2021

The White House this week announced the intent to nominate Martha Williams as Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Williams has been serving as Principal Deputy Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service since January 20, 2021, exercising the delegable authority of the Director. The nomination will now be considered by the U.S. Senate.

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Guest Column: Gorton Amendment To NW Power Act Moved Goal Posts, Created New Ones Slowing Tribal Programs To Restore Wild Salmon Runs

January 8th, 2021

Approval of the Yakama Nation Hatchery Master Plan by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on December 6th was a long-awaited step towards restoring wild salmon runs above Bonneville Dam. . . 38 years to be exact. Why did it take so long?

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Washington State Approves New Rules For Commercial Viewing Of Killer Whales; Less Time Up Close

December 30th, 2020

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last week announced new rules for commercial viewing of Southern Resident killer whales to reduce the impacts of vessel noise and disturbance on the whales' ability to forage, rest, and socialize while, the agency says, enabling sustainable whale watching.

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