Monthly Archives: April 2011

Columbia River Basin dam managers to adapt to warmer weather

By Rocky Barker
Idaho Statesman

Temperatures in the Columbia River Basin have risen 2 degrees in the past hundred years and could climb another 6 to 7 degrees this century, according to a west-wide report on the impact of climate change by the federal Bureau of Reclamation.

“The warming is already noticeable and that’s just expected to continue in the future,” said Toni Turner, a hydraulic engineer for the bureau’s Northwest Regional office of reservoir operations. Read More

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Grant PUD honored for fish bypass

By Lynne Lynch
Columbia Basin Herald

EPHRATA – Grant County PUD engineer Dana Jeske recently accepted the Outstanding Stewards of Americans Waters award from the National Hydropower Association (NHA) in Washington, D.C.

Grant PUD earned the award for its Wanapum fish bypass built at Wanapum Dam three years ago, which was done to help comply with federal licensing requirements. Grant PUD last received the award in 2005.

The bypass resulted in a 98 percent survival rate for sockeye salmon and 99 percent survival rate for steelhead, according to recent studies.

There was also a generation increase at the dam. Read More

 

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