False Symbolism Won’t Save Salmon – or Orcas

Science, Not Emotions, Must Guide Next Steps The image of an orca mother carrying her dead calf in Puget Sound was a visceral and heartbreaking reminder of the plight of these iconic animals.  It’s also a reminder that if we hope to save the orcas, we need to focus on science-based actions that we can take now. Emotion and passion …

nwrpFalse Symbolism Won’t Save Salmon – or Orcas

In Heat Wave, Hydro is a Must-Have

Forecasters say the heat wave that’s been burning up the Northwest – and putting huge demands on the region’s power grid – is beginning to break, at least in the big metro areas. From inland Washington to eastern Oregon to central Idaho, however, temperatures continue to soar to 100° and beyond. It’s a good time for cooler news: Despite the surge …

nwrpIn Heat Wave, Hydro is a Must-Have

Congress, it’s time to protect Northwest hydropower and salmon with H.R. 3144

This week, a panel of 9th Circuit Court of Appeal judges upheld an Oregon U.S. District Court decision requiring more water to be spilled through hydropower dams, ostensibly to benefit young salmon migrating downstream. While spill advocates rejoice in their victory, the ruling is a blow to Northwest families and businesses who pay the costs for salmon restoration through their …

nwrpCongress, it’s time to protect Northwest hydropower and salmon with H.R. 3144

Court’s latest spill order: massive misuse of people’s dollars and no help to salmon

Most folks don’t know what spill is – and why should they? Because spill – the water “spilled” through massive gates raised at federal hydropower dams in the Northwest – hits all of us right in our wallets, through our electric bills. The federal hydro projects on the Columbia and Snake rivers already spill 30 to 40 percent of the …

nwrpCourt’s latest spill order: massive misuse of people’s dollars and no help to salmon

More Spill? It’s Not About the Fish

In two weeks, a federal judge will hear arguments for and against an outrageous demand by anti-hydropower groups and the state of Oregon. If these litigators are successful, the Northwest’s eight large federal dams will be forced to further increase “spill”—water that is spilled over the dams, ostensibly to help young salmon reach the ocean more quickly. Instead, their approach …

nwrpMore Spill? It’s Not About the Fish