How the Northwest River System Powers Our Lives

Our Northwest rivers flow through our land, our economy and our lives. The Columbia and Snake river system traverses nearly 500 miles through four states, along the way defining what we grow, where we work and how we live. The abundant hydropower provided by these rivers is the single biggest energy source in the Northwest—a carbon-free, low-cost resource that is powerful enough to create jobs while keeping our skies among the cleanest in the nation.

The Northwest river system and the hydropower it provides are uniquely ours. They are gifts of our distinct geography and a natural resource that we need to protect and promote.


Northwest RiverPartners is an alliance of farmers, utilities, ports and businesses that promote the economic and environmental benefits of the Columbia and Snake Rivers and salmon recovery policies based on sound science.


Snow Melts, Rain Falls, Rivers Form and Magic Happens in the Northwest

This spring, a fresh round of CleanHydro advertising is telling the story of hydropower dams and the incredible power of the Columbia and Snake Rivers to benefit our daily lives. You may have seen the new television ad “Snow Melts” that describes how, in the Northwest, when snow melts, rain falls and rivers form, something very special happens: renewable electric energy is created without adding even an ounce of carbon to our air. Fortunately, snow appears adequate this year in the Rockies that feed the Columbia and Snake Rivers, even while scarce in the Cascades range and on the west side…

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 Watch Hydro’s Power 

The CleanHydro campaign raises awareness of the tremendous value that the Columbia and Snake rivers bring to the Northwest, economically and environmentally. Featured ads introduce hydro and its benefits to Northwest residents, including those who have moved here from other places and young people who may not be aware of the river system’s incredible contributions to their lives.