Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

Fish fight

Scientists make case for spilling more water over dams

The first powerhouse of the Bonneville Dam, 40 miles east of Portland, on the Columbia River.


Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix

Last week, dozens of scientists made their case for spilling more water over dams in the Columbia River Basin. In a letter sent to Northwest lawmakers in Congress, they outlined and “reaffirmed” scientific evidence that more spill is critical to protecting threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. Earlier this year, the U.S. District Court ordered dam managers to spill more water by 2018 to help fish protected under the Endangered Species Act.


Comments sought on Idaho water regulation plan

Associated Press

Federal authorities are taking comments and have set public meeting dates on Idaho’s plan to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it’s accepting the comments as Idaho officials seek to shift control of permitting and enforcement aspects under the federal Clean Water Act to the state.


Oregon regulators seek to incentivize water loans

Capital Press

Oregon’s water regulators are proposing to devote more of the money in the state’s $20 million water supply development fund to loans. During the first round of funding last year, nearly $9 million was disbursed from the fund entirely in the form of grants. After those disbursements, there was $5 million remaining in the fund, to which lawmakers appropriated another $15 million this year.