Columbia River

Wind Power
6:43 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Paying Wind Generators Not To Produce Power

The first powerhouse of the Bonneville Dam, 40 miles east of Portland, on the Columbia River.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Chances are your utility bill has gone up this year. One small part of the reason may be that you’re paying for electricity that was never generated. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty takes a look at how Northwest electricity customers got saddled with more than $2.5 million in payments for power they didn’t use.

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Columbia River Treaty
5:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

B.C. Energy Minister Says U.S. Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River at Rowena, Oregon.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty. Northwest utilities say your power rates would be lower if that electricity could be sold to California instead of being delivered to Canada for free. This week in Spokane, the biggest players in the trans-national river basin are debating whether to extend that 50-year-old treaty.

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Northwest Salmon
4:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Chinook Salmon Head Up The Columbia In Big Numbers, Though Not Record

Melvin Miller, 60, is a retired Hanford pipe fitter. He was fishing early for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near Columbia Point Marina in Richland, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Fisheries experts say the return of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River may not quite break records this fall as expected. Last year’s run was a record: nearly 1.3 million strong. But future years may not bring these kinds of mighty schools.

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Oregon Transportation Commission
6:26 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Oregon Approves Subsidy For Oil Transport, Not Coal

The Oregon Transportation Commission Friday voted to deny funding for controversial coal exports but approved subsidies that will allow more oil trains to travel along the Columbia River.
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The Oregon Transportation Commission voted Friday to deny funding for controversial coal exports but approved subsidies that will allow more oil trains to travel along the Columbia River.

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Coal Export Dock
5:37 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit

Oregon regulators decide whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.
Credit Shawn Kinkade / Flickr

Oregon regulators plan to make a critical decision today. They're deciding whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.

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Salmon Lawsuit
6:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom

Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

It’s back to court for the federal government and salmon advocates. Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River and protect endangered salmon and steelhead. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Wanapum Dam
7:40 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Gov. Inslee: Cracked Wanapum Dam A Unique Problem, Not Systemic In River System

Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee toured the cracked Wanapum Dam on Wednesday.
Credit Photo courtesy Jay Inslee

Wednesday Governor Jay Inslee was able to get up close to drilling machines on the damaged Wanapum Dam in central Washington. It came out this week that the dam’s massive crack was caused by fundamental design errors and bad concrete pours in 1960. Correspondent Anna King has our story.

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Wanapum Dam
4:38 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Gov. Inslee To Tour Cracked Wanapum Dam

File photo of a crew investigating the crack in Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Governor Jay Inslee will get to see the massive problems with central Washington's Wanapum Dam for himself Wednesday. Major design miscalculations and construction flaws are to blame for the dam’s massive crack. Now officials say they’ll be studying other dams on the Columbia River as well.

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Wanapum Dam
5:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Crack In Wanapum Dam Symptom Of Several Big Problems

This graphic form the Grant PUD shows the sequence of events that led to the crack in Wanapum Dam.
Grant PUD

A host of problems caused the massive crack in Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in central Washington. That’s the news out of a Grant County utility district meeting Tuesday.

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Columbia and Snake River Birds
8:08 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Fish-Eating Birds To Be Killed At 5 Dams

Officials at five dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers will start killing birds that eat migrating juvenile salmon. They are meant to protect endangered salmon and steelhead as they begin their journey out to sea.

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