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Be Thankful For Northwest Dams

As I was driving across the state recently, from Olympia to Spokane, I could see from the windshield why farmers and others are worried about a drought this summer. There isn’t much snow in the mountains. A few days later Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency. Snowpack is just 16 percent of normal, the governor said, and officials …

Richelle BeckBe Thankful For Northwest Dams
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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 …

nwrpSnow Melts, Rain Falls, Rivers Form and Magic Happens in the Northwest
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Salmon Recovery: Dams Are an Easy Scapegoat

The Seattle Times attached this headline to an opinion piece I wrote in November on salmon restoration efforts in the Northwest – and they got it exactly right. Fish advocates and commercial fishing groups once again are suing over a federal salmon plan, called a Biological Opinion (BiOp). The BiOp prescribes how the federal dams on the Columbia and Snake …

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A Reason to Celebrate: 2014 Salmon Returns Break Modern-Day Records

This Guest Opinion was originally printed on page A22 of The Oregonian on Oct. 15, 2014, accompanied by a photo of the fish viewing window at Bonneville Dam.  Last month at Bonneville Dam, an extraordinary coalition of Northwest tribes, government agencies, and river users that include farmers, businesses and utilities, gathered to celebrate a landmark event for our region’s iconic …

nwrpA Reason to Celebrate: 2014 Salmon Returns Break Modern-Day Records
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“The Birds” are Back!

As a young girl, I was terrified watching Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and to this day prefer not to get too close to anything with a sharp beak. In the Columbia Basin, we have our own scary bird problem. Double-crested cormorants and terns are devouring young salmon making their way downstream to the ocean from the upper Columbia and Snake …

nwrp“The Birds” are Back!