By Scott Learn
A U.S. district judge has rejected the Humane Society of the United States’ request for an injunction that would immediately stop killing of California sea lions that eat salmon near Bonneville Dam.
Judge Michael H. Simon denied the injunction in a ruling issued Wednesday. The Humane Society’s lawsuit against the federal government and the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho will still proceed. Read more
By Associated Press
Frustrated that a deal to remove a string of hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River in Northern California has stalled, the Hoopa Tribe has petitioned federal authorities to restart the bureaucratic process in hopes it will get the dams out of the river more quickly.
Tribal attorney Tom Schlosser said Tuesday the current agreement is hopelessly bogged down in Congress and going back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission offers the best chance to open up the river for struggling salmon and to improve water quality. Read more
By Lynda V. Mapes
Just as Washington makes an international splash for the largest dam removal ever in North America, a local utility is proposing to build a hydroelectric project on one of the last free-flowing rivers in the state.
The Snohomish County Public Utility District is exploring whether to build an inflatable weir on the Skykomish River above Canyon Falls, downstream from Index.
Basically a piece of steel held up by a rubber inner tube, the weir could be inflated to stand as high as eight feet, or lie on the riverbed, depending on flows. The utility would build a powerhouse on the north side of Sunset Falls, in the same location as an existing state trap-and-haul facility, which would be replaced as part of the project. Read more.