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Council Spotlight

News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest

Fuels: A State of Transition


Against the backdrop of soaring fossil fuel prices due to the war that Russia is waging on Ukraine, a transition to cleaner fuels is underway in the Northwest that will touch nearly all aspects of the economy. Read more.

Upcoming Meetings

JULY 6-7: F&W and Power committee meetings (Webinar)

JULY 12-13: Council Meeting in Spokane

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Coronavirus update: The Council is starting to resume in-person meetings, with online participation always available. We encourage people to join our meetings and engage with our staff and members by phone, webinar and email.

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Falconry-based avian abatement

At the Council’s June meeting, Alina Blankenship from Sky Guardian, Blaine Parker from the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, Bill Sharp of the Yakama Nation, and Kort Clayton of Integrated Avian Solutions briefed the Council on using birds of prey to scare off predators and protect out-migrating juvenile anadromous fish. Read more.


Regional Technical Forum 2021 Annual Report

In 2021 the RTF continued their central work of developing and maintaining conservation measures, including newer areas like commercial HVAC, as well as improving on old standards like manufactured home duct sealing and irrigation hardware. Read more.


Bonneville’s Resource Program

Ensuring the future reliability of the Northwest electric power system while complying with policy goals to reduce carbon emissions is “a challenging process” involving “a mind-spinning array of uncertainties”. Read more.


Steigerwald Lake Reconnection Project

After three years of construction, two miles of a 1950s-era dike have been removed, water-level access to the Columbia has been restored, and more than 900 acres of wetland habitat once again is available to migrating Columbia River fish. Read more.


Bonneville’s Strategic Asset Management Plan

The Bonneville Power Administration plans to increase in its annual budget to implement the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program by $21 million beginning in 2024. Read more.