Light in the River - climate solutions for the Columbia and Snake Rivers

 

litr.logo"Light from the river illuminates our homes. But let us also remember and honor the light in the river."  - Don Sampson, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation

Salmon are the light in our rivers. In partial return for earth’s blessings, we must keep that light shining.

Salmon are a beacon to guide us through climate disruption. If any species can show us the way through this human-caused crisis, it is these adaptive masters.

LTR thermometerTwo further convictions guide this program:

Halting climate change and adapting to it are reciprocal challenges, connected by permeable membranes. Actions by individuals, businesses, and governments that address only one side of the challenge are likely to fail.

Climate change is dissolving boundaries between issues, interests and parties. A program to help salmon through climate upheaval cannot focus solely on salmon. An agency seeking to tackle climate change cannot do so solely within its statutory or constituency bounds.

Learn more about our two Light in the River reports: A Great Wave Rising and Bright Future, and our 2013 climate priorities.

Washington Post Energy and Environment analysis: Obama’s advisers just dismantled a key myth about the future of clean energy

solar.panelBy Chris Mooney, June 21, 2016

Most people these days know that wind and solar energy are booming. And for the most part, we simply see this as adding two new and cleaner sources of electricity to the mix that we already have.

But really, it is way more complicated than that. These two renewable sources have a tremendous difference from sources such as coal, nuclear and even hydropower that involves not where the energy comes from but, rather, when it comes. You can run a nuclear plant, or a coal plant, all night, steadily. But you cannot do that with a solar plant, except perhaps in the summer in far northern Alaska.

This large “variability” or “intermittency” of renewable energy has been endlessly cited to suggest that sources like wind and solar can only make up in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 percent of all electricity on the grid, notes a recent report by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. And yet, the study goes on to say, we are already seeing isolated instances, albeit brief, of renewables doing much more than that in some locations.

“Portugal was run 100 percent on wind, solar, and hydropower for four days straight in May 2016, and Texas hit a record level of 45 percent instantaneous penetration from wind generation during one evening in February of this year,” the report observes.

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CBB: Columbia Basin Salmon/Hydro Managers Gear Up For Another Hot Summer: Will Sockeye Get Slammed Again?

bonneville damFriday, June 24, 2016

Columbia Basin fish and water managers are planning for operations at Dworshak Dam on the Lower Snake River to regulate water temperatures for the benefit of migrating sockeye salmon this summer.

It was the dominant topic at Wednesday’s meeting of the Technical Management Team, an interagency panel that guides hydro operations throughout the basin.

And, it has been a topic on the minds of all Columbia River federal and state fisheries managers, as well as basin hydroelectric managers this year as they met in a forum in May. The forum was organized by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to share data and set up what the Council is calling an “early warning system.”

The focus is on how warm water can harm sockeye spawners and the best way to keep temperatures below a 67 degree Fahrenheit threshold in waters between Dworshak and Lower Granite dams to aid that passage.

TMT and other managers want to stay ahead of the game by keeping Snake River temperatures as low as possible, rather than trying to re-cool water after it gets warm.

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 Summer 2013 – Hot Water Alert No. 7

70 Degrees Or More For 24-45 Straight Days in the Columbia and Snake Rivers

Memo to Northwest writers, reporters, editorialists, and columnists

As of September 1, river temperatures at all four lower Columbia River dams have been 70 degrees or above for 24 straight days. At the middle two of those dams – The Dalles and John Day – it’s been 39 straight days. At Ice Harbor Dam, the Snake River dam closest to the Columbia, it’s been 45 straight days.

The story is monotonous - and somber. Together the four lower Snake and four lower Columbia dams impound about 400 consecutive miles of river. Total 2013 readings of 70 degrees or more in these 400 miles are now nearly triple the number in 2012. Last year, the great bulk of 70-plus readings were in August. This year, 70-plus readings began in mid-July and have now stretched continuously into September.

This week’s specifics:

Forebay (above dam) Tailrace (below dam)

Bonneville Dam
Aug 26     71.2 F     71.2 F
Aug 27     71.1 F     71.2 F
Aug 28     71.5 F     71.5 F
Aug 29     71.7 F     71.8 F
Aug 30     72 F        72 F
Aug 31     72.3 F     72.3 F
Sept 1      72.3 F     72.3 F

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Summer 2013 – Hot Water Alert No. 6

Highest river temperature of 2013 – 72.7 F at John Day Dam

Memo to Northwest writers, reporters, editorialists, and columnists – Aug. 27, 2013

At week’s end, August 25, river temperatures at John Day Dam have been above 72 degrees five straight days, and on August 22 reached 72.7 degrees, the highest reading of 2013. Temperatures at The Dalles and John Day Dams have been 70 F or higher for 32 straight days, and above 70 F at all four mainstem Columbia dams 17 straight days. At Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River, temperatures have been above 70 F for 38 straight days. These month-long hot water temperatures are disrupting salmon and steelhead migrations. This week’s specifics: 

Forebay reading (above dam), followed by Tailrace reading (below dam) 

Bonneville Dam
Aug 19    71.8 F     71.9 F
Aug 20    71.6 F     71.6 F
Aug 21    71.4 F     71.5 F
Aug 22    71.4 F     71.4 F
Aug 23    71.3 F     71.3 F
Aug 24    71.4 F     71.4 F
Aug 25    71.4 F     71.3 F

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Memo to Northwest writers, reporters, editorialists, and columnists – Aug. 21, 2013
 
Summer 2013 – Hot Water Alert No. 5
Columbia River temperatures over 70 degrees continue

From August 12 through 18, water temperatures were 70 degrees or higher 63 times at Columbia and Snake River federal dams passable to salmon, up from 56 times last week. Temperatures at The Dalles and John Day Dams have been 70 F or higher 25 straight days, and have been above 70 F at all four main-stem Columbia dams for 10 straight days.  At Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River, temperatures have been above 70 F 31 straight days – a full month.  On August 17, temperatures at The Dalles and John Day Dams hit 72 F, the highest reading so far this summer.  

Total daily exceedances for the summer are nearing 200.   This week’s specifics:
 
Forebay (above dam) Tailrace (below dam)

Bonneville Dam     
Aug 12    71.2 F     71.3 F
Aug 13    71.3 F     71.3 F
Aug 14    71.3 F     71.4 F
Aug 15    71.4 F     71.4 F
Aug 16    71.6 F     71.6 F
Aug 17    71.8 F     71.9 F
Aug 18    71.8 F     71.8 F

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Memo to Northwest writers, reporters, editorialists, and columnists – Aug. 15, 2013
 
Summer 2013 – Hot Water Alert No. 4
Columbia River temperatures over 70 degrees increase

From August 5 through 11, water temperatures were 70 degrees or higher 56 times at Columbia and Snake River federal dams passable to salmon, up from 45 times last week. Temperatures at The Dalles and John Day Dams have been 70 F or higher 18 straight days, and at week’s end temperatures were above 70 F at all four mainstem Columbia dams. At Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River, temperatures have been above 70 F for 24 straight days. Total daily exceedances this summer have climbed well past the total number last summer.

This week’s specifics:

Forebay (above dam) Tailrace (below dam)

Bonneville Dam      
Aug 5    70.9 F    70.9 F
Aug 6    71.6 F    71.5 F
Aug 7    71.7 F    71.7 F
Aug 8    71.5 F    71.6 F
Aug 9    71.1 F    71.1 F
Aug 10  71.2 F    71.2 F
Aug 11  71.2 F    71.2 F

The Dalles Dam
Aug 5    71.7 F    71.7 F
Aug 6    71.6 F    71.8 F
Aug 7    71.3 F    71.4 F
Aug 8    70.9 F    71.1 F
Aug 9    71.3 F    71.3 F
Aug 10  71.4 F    71.5 F
Aug 11  71.4 F    71.5 F

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