Tag Archives: Dams

Dams | REBROADCAST: News Inside | Deschutes Library – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Some environmentalists argue that hydroelectric dams are a great source of carbon-free energy in a time of climate crisis. Meanwhile, some Northwest tribes are calling for dams to be taken down to help endangered salmon populations survive. We hear from Kurt Russo, a senior policy analyst with the Lummi Nation and Kurt Miller, the executive […]
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Environmentalist calls for discussions on Snake River dams

Stakeholders need to begin talking about the possible impacts to Northwest communities if four dams on the Snake River are removed, says the leader of a group that advocates their removal. “I don’t see any reason why we can’t make a transition to a free-flowing lower Snake River and do so in a way that […]
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Idaho utility set to dismiss lawsuit against EPA over dams

An Idaho utility will dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because it has now approved allowing warmer water temperatures in an area where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce. Idaho Power in documents filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court says the EPA has approved allowing the warmer temperatures in the […]
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Editorial: Still time to solve recreation access problems on Klamath River

Plans to remove four dams on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California continue to move ahead. Now, only about three years before the first dam is expected to be removed, it’s becoming clear that some early supporters may get less than they bargained for. Source: Editorial: Still time to solve recreation access […]
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New lasers at McNary Dam

Birds trying to feast on juvenile salmon at the McNary Dam are facing a new deterrent — bright green lasers. In the past, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District relied on a sprinkler system for bird abatement. Sprinklers would spray water near the juvenile bypass outfall pipe, but some waterfowl weren’t deterred […]
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Editorial: Look for new solutions to fish problems

Much of the Pacific Northwest and California have been embroiled in a legal fur ball for the past several decades. At its center: fish. To be exact, several populations of salmon and steelhead that migrate up the region’s rivers to spawn are blocked by dams. That is the simple version of the issue. Source: Editorial: […]
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Oregon dams among more than 1,600 at risk nationally, AP investigation finds

State Library Ed. Note: Story contains a graphic of the condition of dams in Oregon. On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house. Just a little over a […]
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AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house. Just a little over a quarter-mile upstream, the 92-year-old Spencer Dam was straining to contain the swollen, ice-covered Niobrara River […]
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New federal grant program allots $10M for dams in 26 states

Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did. To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a critical safety precaution for the shopping center, […]
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Oregon among grant recipients for high hazard dam funds

Smith Reservoir is among the first batch of dams nationally to get a slice of a new $10 million grant program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for high hazard dams. Source: Oregon among grant recipients for high hazard dam funds