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Tackling the Climate Challenge

Salmon need a healthy climate and resilient habitats

Protecting wild salmon depends on a two-pronged approach to climate that stops carbon production and builds resilience in our rivers and watersheds

Like everything else, successful salmon restoration efforts in the Columbia and Snake Rivers depends on a healthy climate. Our strategies must meet the needs of wild salmon and also help tackle the climate challenge we all face together. The law and the science are clear: the federal Columbia Basin hydro-system must make some major changes and share the river with endangered wild salmon and steelhead populations. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest today has the energy resources and expertise to replace reductions in hydro-system generation in order to protect salmon with affordable, carbon-free energy sources.



Tackling the Climate Challenge Articles

Keensleyside Dam
June 21, 2018

Vancouver Sun Guest Opinion: Restoring the Columbia: Water as an opportunity to…

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Restoring the Columbia: Water as an opportunity to rebuild our relationship with the U.S. International water treaties do not often make headlines in the media. But the start of formal negotiations on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and… Read More
May 10, 2018

NW Fishletter #381: NW Energy Coalition Commissions Study To Replace Energy…

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May 7, 2018 A study commissioned by the Northwest Energy Coalition concludes that energy from four lower Snake River dams can be replaced with a combination of solar, wind, energy efficiency and demand response. And, the Coalition says, these new energy… Read More
May 08, 2018

Idaho Statesman: Chasing the salmon downstream to get an early fishing season

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By Rocky Barker May 8, 2018 TROUTDALE, ORE. Paul Jewell’s rod jumped four times as we trolled the Sandy River just above where it emptied into the Columbia River only a few miles upstream of Portland. Jewell, a college classmate of mine from Beaverton, Ore.,… Read More
April 23, 2018

Lewiston Morning Tribune: Think tank slams dam-breaching study

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Group that commissioned research defends its transparency, objectivity By ERIC BARKER of the Tribune April 21, 2018A study claiming power generated at four dams on the Lower Snake River could be replaced by a combination of renewable sources, conservation and… Read More
December 10, 2017

CBB: Agencies Outline NEPA/EIS Progress Evaluating Columbia/Snake River Uses,…

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Friday, December 08, 2017 Federal agencies that operate fourteen Columbia/Snake River dams described this week their progress one year into a five-year National Environmental Policy Act process required by a court-ordered rewrite of the biological opinion for… Read More

Nov 19, 2017 - CBB: Council Hears Presentation On How California’s Booming Renewables Affecting BPA Revenues

Nov 13, 2017 - NewsDeeply: Why Hydroelectric Utilities Are Endangered by Soaring Solar and Wind

Oct 8, 2017 - Idaho Statesman: Acidic oceans and warm rivers that kill Idaho’s salmon might be norm in 50 years

Sep 25, 2017 - NRDC: New Study Offers Way Out of Hot Water & Salmon Crisis

Aug 25, 2017 - High Country News: States restrict chinook fisheries

Aug 18, 2017 - Seattle Times: Warm-water conditions in the Columbia and Snake Rivers are challenging cold water salmon and steelhead — and the problem is likely to get worse because of climate change.

May 29, 2017 - Washington Post Guest Opinion: Three Republican EPA administrators: Trump is putting us on a dangerous path

Dec 7, 2016 - NW Fishletter #364: NWEC Panel Explores Replacing Power From Lower Snake River Dams

Aug 16, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (8.16.2016)

Aug 9, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (8.9.2016)

Aug 8, 2016 - SOS Blog: Wild Salmon and Climate Change: The Law*

Aug 2, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (8.2.2016)

Jul 26, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (7.26.2016)

Jul 6, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (7.6.2016)

Jul 1, 2016 - CBB: Steps Taken To Cool Warming Lower Snake, Reduce Thermal Blocks As Large Basin Sockeye Return Heads Upstream (2)

Jun 30, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016

Jun 25, 2016 - WAPO: Obama’s advisers just dismantled a key myth about the future of clean energy (2)

Jun 25, 2016 - CBB: Hot Summer. Will Sockeye Get Slammed Again? (2)

Jul 28, 2015 - Lewiston Tribune: Sockeye salmon in hot water

Sep 3, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 7

Sep 2, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 6

Aug 20, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 5

Aug 14, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 4

Aug 5, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 3

Jul 30, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 2

Jul 23, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 1

Jul 3, 2013 - The Lower Snake River is heating up.

May 16, 2013 - Climate Change Prevention and Care

Apr 22, 2013 - The Oregonian: A 21st-century blueprint for saving Oregon species from climate change

Apr 12, 2013 - Fires, Sediment, Salmon and Taxpayers

Mar 29, 2013 - Light in the River Program 2013

Mar 29, 2013 - Light in the River Reports

Oct 29, 2012 - A Northwest first – wind over water!

Aug 30, 2012 - Boil On Columbia

Apr 5, 2012 - BPA stifling opportunities for salmon, wind, and jobs

Aug 12, 2011 - Wind farm set to power 100,000 homes taking shape in Washington

Jul 28, 2011 - Sustainable Business Oregon: New challenges emerge in wind vs. water debate

Jul 21, 2011 - North American Wind Power: Salmon Group Wades Into Pacific Northwest Curtailment Battle

May 13, 2011 - Don't let BPA squander clean energy jobs and innovation.

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