The 14 projects, selected through competitive bidding, are designed to assess, reduce, and educate about toxic substances in water throughout the Columbia River Basin.
The annual report to Congress is a requirement of the Northwest Power Act. The 90-day comment period begins this week and ends December 18.
The 2019 accomplishments bring the total energy efficiency improvements in the Northwest since 1978, when efficiency programs began, to 7,000 average megawatts. That's more than twice the annual output of Grand Coulee Dam.
Every year since 2008, the Council has hosted staff members of the Northwest Congressional delegation and key House and Senate committees dealing with natural resources and energy on informational tours. The 2020 tour was different.
Fish-eating birds are taking a toll on juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake Rivers, driving one species from the Upper Columbia to near extinction.
The revision was approved in two parts, the first in January of this year and the other this month.One step remains: approval of the 'findings' about how the Council dealt with recommendations.
Independent Scientific Review Panel finds most projects meet criteria to be implemented through the Northwest Power Act.
Lamprey swim differently than salmon. Fish ladders built for salmon present a difficult obstacle, but thanks to modifications passage success is improving.
Five years of research shows the warming climate is causing glaciers to retreat. There are implications for the Columbia River water supply.
Adjusting upriver dam operations has stabilized Columbia River flows and boosted wild fish production in the last free-flowing stretch of the river in the United States.