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News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest

Council OKs Partial Revision of Fish and Wildlife Program, Focusing on Issues that Affect Project Implementation

At its January meeting, the Council adopted Part II of a projected two-part Addendum to the 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. It addresses issues including climate change and blocked area mitigation. Part I, which remains under consideration, will address goals and objectives in collaboration with agencies and tribes. Read more.

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Capturing the Impact of Methane Emissions

Methane – the primary component of natural gas – is a very potent greenhouse gas. The Council aims to account for it in its 2021 Power Plan. Read more.


Ceremony Honors Groundbreaking For Umatilla Tribes’ Long Awaited Walla Walla Salmon Hatchery

Planning that began in the late 1980s finally is over and construction can begin on a spring Chinook hatchery on the South Fork Walla Walla River that will be operated by the Umatilla Tribe. Read more.


Regional Power Planning in the Pacific Northwest

Why is the Northwest’s approach to energy planning so different from other places in the world? Read about the history behind our regional planning, its advantages, and how the Council’s power plan is developed. Read more.


Council Appoints Patty O’Toole to Fish and Wildlife Director

The Council has appointed Patty O’Toole to the position of Fish and Wildlife Division Director. She had been the division’s acting director since August 15, 2019. Read more.

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Council Elects Officers For The New Year

Oregon Member Devlin and Montana Member Downen will lead the Council in 2020. Read more.