Meeting to Examine Value and Impact of NW Hydro Dams

Federal agencies are holding a series of public meetings about the federal hydropower dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The purpose is to hear from Northwest residents about dam operations, benefits, and the dams’ environmental impact.
In a May 2016 ruling, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon requested the agencies to review all reasonable options for achieving the goals of the hydrosystem including power generation, flood control, navigation, irrigation, and recreation, including a study of breaching the Snake River dams. The first step in this three-year review process are 16 public “scoping” meetings across the region—also called NEPA meetings, after the National Environmental Policy Act, also called the Columbia Snake River System Operations review. Read full article...