Dams http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho Seeks Preliminary Permit From FERC As Part Of Weiser Dam Study http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-seeks-preliminary-permit-ferc-part-weiser-dam-study <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Idaho water managers this week filed an application for a preliminary permit with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or </span>FERC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The state's Water Resource Board continues to study the feasibility of building a new dam on the </span>Weiser<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:07:58 +0000 Scott Graf 42552 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Seeks Preliminary Permit From FERC As Part Of Weiser Dam Study Army Corps To Kill Birds At Snake And Columbia River Dams http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/army-corps-kill-birds-snake-and-columbia-river-dams <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers this spring will begin killing birds at some Snake and Columbia river dams to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead.</p><p>The agency unveiled a plan Thursday that will allow as many as 1,200 California gulls, 650 ring-billed gulls and 150 double-crested cormorants to be killed.</p><p><a href="http://www.lmtribune.com" target="_blank">The Lewiston Tribune</a> says the action will occur at McNary Dam on the Columbia River and Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams on the Snake River.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:51:07 +0000 Associated Press 42527 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Army Corps To Kill Birds At Snake And Columbia River Dams New Plan To Protect Salmon Doesn’t Consider Breaching Dams http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/new-plan-protect-salmon-doesn-t-consider-breaching-dams <p>The<a href="http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/hydropower/fcrps/2014_supplemental_fcrps_biop_final.pdf" target="_blank"> federal government's management plan</a> for protecting salmon and steelhead killed by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:33:57 +0000 Associated Press 38729 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org New Plan To Protect Salmon Doesn’t Consider Breaching Dams Gov. Otter Asks Idaho Lawmakers For $15 Million Down Payment On Dams, Water Study http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-asks-idaho-lawmakers-15-million-down-payment-dams-water-study <p></p><p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter aims to build billions of dollars in new or expanded Idaho dams, to capture more water in his state's drought-stricken southern desert for crops, cities and flushing endangered salmon to the sea.</p><p>He's asking lawmakers to give him $15 million down payment for, among other things, studying whether a new era of dam building make sense, given somebody will have to pay for it.</p><p>One project he's pushing, a new Weiser River dam, could be used for everything from flood control to electricity.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:29:43 +0000 Associated Press 38164 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Asks Idaho Lawmakers For $15 Million Down Payment On Dams, Water Study Why The Snake River In Idaho Runs Dry For Miles http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-snake-river-idaho-runs-dry-miles <p>If you were to go to the banks of the Snake River downstream of Milner Dam near Burley, you wouldn’t see much more than a trickle of water. That’s because the federal Bureau of Reclamation shut off the river flow on June 4.</p><p>For at least 25 miles, there isn’t enough water for a kayaker to paddle through. Idaho Power runs the hydroelectric plant at the dam, and <a href="http://www.idahopower.com/NewsCommunity/News/upClose/showupClose.cfm?prID=2899" target="_blank">says the zero flow</a> will impact its operations through late July. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 27376 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why The Snake River In Idaho Runs Dry For Miles Advocates For Klamath Dams Removal Rally In Portland http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/advocates-klamath-dams-removal-rally-portland <p>Groups from Southern Oregon and Northern California rallied outside Senator Ron Wyden’s office in Portland Thursday.<br><br>They came to show support for a bill proposing a restoration project along the Klamath River. It would spend $800 million to restore fish habitat and remove four dams.</p><p>Toni Peters is a member of the Yurok Tribe, which supports the project.&nbsp; “We’re here protesting the dams and the water rights and the fish. Keep our rivers clean for our kids, younger generations, the elders. Keep the river alive. Keep people healthy and safe.”</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 18:31:01 +0000 Sergio Cisneros 26562 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds Recommend Removing Four Dams on the Klamath River http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-recommend-removing-four-dams-klamath-river <div id="full_story"><p>The Interior Department today recommended removing four dams on the Klamath River by the year 2020. The dam removal is proposed as part of a settlement to end the water wars in Southern Oregon and Northern California.</p><p>The feds have released a final environmental impact statement on the Klamath Dam removal proposal. And it boils down to this. Without the dams, salmon and steelhead can swim freely upstream to 420 miles of new habitat.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:16:17 +0000 Amelia Templeton 23582 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Klamath County Deals Political Setback to Dam Removal Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/klamath-county-deals-political-setback-dam-removal-plan <p>An agreement to remove four dams on the Klamath River has suffered a political and symbolic setback. Klamath County has voted to pull out of the agreement.</p><p>The vote was unanimous. But it’s not clear how Klamath County plans to withdraw from the dam removal deal.</p><p>The other signatories say the deal is a binding contract that the county can’t get out of it for at least two more years.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:09:26 +0000 Amelia Templeton 21716 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Klamath Tribes and Farmers Consider Extending Water Agreement http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/klamath-tribes-and-farmers-consider-extending-water-agreement <P>A major water rights agreement in the Klamath Basin is set to expire in December 31st. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:36:46 +0000 Amelia Templeton 16948 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Klamath Tribes and Farmers Consider Extending Water Agreement Sea Lions At Bonneville Dam Kill Estimated 2,500 Sturgeon http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sea-lions-bonneville-dam-kill-estimated-2500-sturgeon <div id="full_story"><p>Biologists say the sea lions that scoop up fish at the foot of Bonneville dam on the Columbia river have killed more sturgeon this year than salmon.</p><p>Two different species of sea lions like to feast at Bonneville.&nbsp; California sea lions only eat salmon.&nbsp; But Stellar sea lions arrive earlier in the year. While they wait for the spring salmon run to start, they snack on sturgeon.</p><p>Biologists with the Army Corps of Engineers estimate that this year, the Stellar sea lions ate about 2,500 sturgeon.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:33:41 +0000 Amelia Templeton 15173 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Sea Lions At Bonneville Dam Kill Estimated 2,500 Sturgeon Tolerable Risk Vs. Terrible Catastrophe: Dams And The Big One http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tolerable-risk-vs-terrible-catastrophe-dams-and-big-one <p>It&#39;s a question all of us face sooner or later: whether to spend a good chunk of money to protect against a catastrophe that has a very low chance of occurring. A workshop that just wrapped up in Corvallis, Oregon considered that dilemma in the context of Northwest dams and a magnitude 9 earthquake.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:44:32 +0000 Tom Banse 10337 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tolerable Risk Vs. Terrible Catastrophe: Dams And The Big One Judge Redden Talks Salmon Case http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-redden-talks-salmon-case <div id="full_story"><p>A federal judge who has ruled for more than a decade on how to save Columbia and Snake River salmon says four dams on the Lower Snake River should be torn down.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:01:55 +0000 Aaron Kunz 4890 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Judge Redden Talks Salmon Case Tribal Group Claims Sea Lions Munch More Salmon Than Previously Thought http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tribal-group-claims-sea-lions-munch-more-salmon-previously-thought <p>A coalition of tribal groups says sea lions are eating far more salmon along the Columbia River than previously thought. The claim comes in a legal fight over whether wildlife officials should be killing some of the hungry sea lions.</p><p>A federal judge has authorized wildlife officials in Oregon and Washington to kill as many as 30 California sea lions each year near the Bonneville Dam. Four have been killed so far this spring. A conservation group has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the killings.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:53:56 +0000 Chris Lehman 4831 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tribal Group Claims Sea Lions Munch More Salmon Than Previously Thought