Earlier this spring, the Yakama Nation contracted professional falconers to work with their fisheries staff to successfully delay the nesting of the Miller Rocks gull colony by several weeks.
The Council is set to make improvements to the Northwest’s resource adequacy assessment this year. John Fazio discussed the upcoming work to improve the annual assessment, which acts as an early warning of potential future power shortfalls.
While in Whitefish, Montana for their May meeting, Council members toured Hungry Horse Dam, Flathead Electric Co-op’s biomass project, and Sekokini Springs Hatchery.
Pacific lamprey—like salmon—are a significant fish for Northwest. At its May meeting, the Council was briefed on the region’s efforts support this distinctive species
Extinction, it turns out, is not forever, at least when the species in question is interior Columbia River Basin coho salmon
The Upper Columbia United Tribes secured over $3 million in funding in the Washington State supplemental budget for salmon reintroduction in the upper Columbia.
On the ground results also point to the need for stable funding to sustain long-term benefits.
The war in Ukraine will affect future natural gas prices in Europe, and possibly in the United States including in the Pacific Northwest.
As the Council prepares to revise its forecast of future wholesale power prices, power planning staff is closely monitoring wholesale power markets outside the region.
The Council has appointed Jennifer Light as interim director of power planning to replace Ben Kujala, who has taken a position starting in June with Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors.