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News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest

2020 Columbia River Salmon And Steelhead Forecast: Low, Again


The states predict a total 2020 return to the mouth of the river of about 1.2 million fish, a slight increase from 940,000 in 2019. Sockeye is the bright spot. Read more.

Upcoming Meetings

MAY 12-13 : Council Meeting, Portland (all meetings are remote access only)

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Coronavirus update: Joining the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, the Council will make all meetings completely virtual through May 31st. The work of the Council and the RTF will continue remotely, and we encourage people to join our meetings and engage with our staff and members by phone and webinar and email. We will update this as more information becomes available.

Power Plan update: Draft 2021 Power Plan release moved to February 2021.

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Accounting for Climate Change in the 2021 Power Plan

Climate change affects many aspects of the Council’s analysis for its upcoming regional power plan. At its April meeting, staff reviewed how warming weather will be addressed in analyzing future resource development and energy efficiency. Read more.

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Decision Expected This Summer On Application To Remove More Sea Lions

Application targets aggressive sea lions that prey on Columbia River fish between the ocean and McNary Dam. Read more.


Electricity Load Outside the Northwest Expected to be Modest; California is a Big Exception

While the northwest load forecast shows moderate growth overall, states pursuing high electrification policies should see significant increases in their load growth. California’s load is expected to increase from 30,000 average megawatts in 2021 to 53,000 average megawatts by 2050 as it strives to decarbonize its economy. Read more.


Warming Ocean Poses New Challenges For Salmon Researchers

Data suggests that the first year juvenile fish spend in the ocean is critical to their growth and survival. Read more.


Corona Virus Precautions Impact State Fish And Wildlife Policy Guidance and Field Work

Social distancing, stay-home orders, and other public-safety responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are causing a mix of reactions to fish and wildlife projects in the Columbia River Basin, from no impact, to delays, to cancellation, state and federal agencies and tribes have reported. Read more.