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News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest

Hanford Reach Flow Protections Help Keep Fall Chinook Healthy, Productive


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. Read more.

Upcoming Meetings

AUGUST 11-12 : 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 until further notice. 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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NW Natural's Plan for a Carbon Neutral System by 2050

Oregon's legislation opens the door for NW Natural to acquire renewable natural gas for its customers. Read more.


Aging Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Facilities Need Repairs, Fish Managers Say

With many of its 26 facilities nearing 40 years old, and maintenance needs increasing, managers of the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan salmon and steelhead hatcheries have identified a total of $131 million in needed repairs and upgrades. Read more.


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director: 'COVID Turned Our World Upside Down'

As if Kelly Susewind’s plate wasn't full enough already with fish, wildlife, and budget issues, the pandemic burst onto the scene like an overbearing, uninvited dinner guest. Read more.


Take the Power Plan Stakeholder Survey

The Council is seeking feedback on previous power plan's written content and supporting materials. Read more.