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News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest

Colville Tribes Release Salmon into Blocked Areas for Science and Celebration


For the first time in more than 80 years, salmon swam above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams in 2019 and 2020. Read more.

Upcoming Meetings

FEBRUARY 9-10 : Council Meeting via webinar (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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Northwest Power System’s 2019 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Poor water conditions led to higher emissions. Read more.

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Council Will Begin Review of Habitat, Hatchery, and Anadromous Fish Projects in February

Review of the 134 ongoing projects is expected to take 14 months and will involve the Council's Independent Scientific Review Panel. Read more.

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New Website Explores the Role of Hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest

The Council, in partnership with the region’s fish and wildlife managers, is unveiling a new website about the region’s hatcheries. Read more.

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The State of the Columbia River Basin, Fiscal Year 2020

In its annual report to Congress, the Council reviews the state of the Northwest’s energy system and its ongoing efforts to protect fish and wildlife resources in the Columbia River Basin. Read more.

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Oregon and Montana Members Will Lead the Council in 2021

At its January meeting, the Council elected Richard Devlin, an Oregon member, Chair and Bo Downen, a Montana member, vice chair for 2021. Read more.