There are tons of great opportunities to get involved in local and federal policy processes regarding energy and environmental issues here in the Northwest. Hit the button below to join our grassroots effort and stay up to date on ways you can get involved. Together, we can make a difference.
HOW YOU CAN HELP…
There are many ways you can help us achieve our goals and help create a better Northwest. Below, we’ve provided information on how you can support clean energy, fight climate change, take care of your communities, and improve local ecosystems. We also encourage you to sign up above to join our movement, and make sure to find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.
Participate in hydropower appreciation events
Attend some of the great hydropower appreciation events that you can attend, including the annual Hydropower Appreciation Day hosted by the Seattle Sounders and RiverFest.
Connect with your local utility
Many local utilities offer opportunities for you to volunteer your time to help improve the community they serve. By reaching out and staying in touch, you can make a real difference where you live. You can start by checking out our list of members, as we represent most of the Northwest’s utilities.
Learn more about blockages for fish in your area
There are thousands of natural and manmade blockages that have been identified across the Northwest as a major barrier for fish passage. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has even created a map with details about these blockages and offers users the ability to self-report them. To get involved, check out the waterways local to you and keep an eye out for any fish passage barriers. If you identify one, we encourage you to contact your fish and wildlife department and report it.
Support local conservation group
Find and support your local conservation and/or watershed group, and get involved in projects that restore and improve the habitat for salmon.
Start in your own backyard
Choose chemicals around your household that reduce the toxicity of your water runoff, and choose native vegetation for your yard that enhances the natural habitat. It’s also important to NOT flush medications, as the chemicals are not removed in wastewater treatment.
Reduce single-use plastic waste
Single-use plastics are convenient to use, but they are also very harmful to the environment. Many of them end up in our waters and can harm or kill wildlife. Plastic is virtually indestructible, and when it does break down, it turns into microplastics that harm salmon and orcas. When you have to use single-use plastics, or any plastic for that matter, be sure it is tightly contained and disposed of properly.
Make your voice heard by local officials
Elected officials want to represent their constituents, like you. Voicing your concerns to your local representatives is one of the best things you can do to achieve better policies. Let them know that you support carbon-free, pollutant-free energy like hydropower and that you support science-based salmon recovery measures.
Encourage the use of more carbon-free hydropower
To reach our clean energy goals and increase the capacity of renewables, it is important that we support and encourage the continued use of hydropower. In addition to attending events and reaching out to government agencies and officials, one of the best ways to support hydropower is to educate your family and friends about it. There are a lot of misconceptions about hydropower, so having conversations about our largest renewable energy source in the Northwest is a great way to get others excited about the benefits of hydro.
CRSO DEIS Public Comment Period Recap
What is the CRSO DEIS?
Short for the Columbia River System Operations Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the CRSO DEIS is our first look at the comprehensive government analysis of the Northwest’s federally-operated hydro system. As part of the analysis, federal agencies were tasked with examining the lower Snake River dams—specifically, their impact on salmon and what purpose they serve for our region.
What was the outcome?
The study considered a range of preferred alternatives, including breaching all four dams. In the draft conclusion, the agencies recommended a combination of the alternatives to help communities and fish & wildlife. They also found that dam breaching was not the best alternative for our region.
The public comment period has now closed, but our mission to work towards a better Northwest continues. We want to thank everyone who participated over the past 45 days. Your actions added immense value to the federal process. You can also help our petition continue to grow by clicking the button below.