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News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest

Could California’s Summer Rolling Blackouts Happen in the Northwest?


Could the Northwest experience rolling blackouts? “Yes,” says John Fazio, senior power systems analyst. “And it almost happened in 2001.” Read more.

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NOVEMBER 17-18 : 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.

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Twice the Size of a Polar Bear, With an Attitude

New federal law and permit allow states and tribes to remove more sea lions from the Columbia River, including Stellers, which can weigh more than a ton. Read more.


Modelling Shows Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Remain Among Most “At-Risk”

Life cycle modelling using PIT tag data shows the fish remain at critically low numbers despite recovery effort. Read more.


Council Recommends 44 Resident Fish Projects to BPA for Funding

The projects are part of the Council's Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Read more.


Partnership Identifies Goals for Columbia River Basin Salmon Recovery

The 31 Partnership Task Force members included tribes; conservation groups, river users, hydropower interests, and representatives of the four Northwest states. Read more.