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News from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council: Lower Snake River Dams Replacement Power Study, Spring Chinook Returns - 08/02/22

What’s new from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council

August 2, 2022 

Lower Snake River Dams Replacement Power Study 
While it is possible to replace the output of the four lower Snake River dams while meeting aggressive clean-energy goals, the cost would be substantial, and the reliability of the system could depend on future technologies.
2022 Spring Chinook Salmon Return Better Than Forecast
Council members were briefed on spring Chinook salmon returns to the Columbia and Snake rivers, as well as the more sobering update on recovery efforts for Tucannon River spring Chinook.
Energy Efficiency Programs for Low-Income Households
In a challenging economy when costs seem to be rising constantly, low-income households face an increasing risk of being unable to afford basic necessities, including electricity.

Efforts to Bring Back Pacific Lamprey Succeeding
Laurie Porter and Jon Hess of CRITFC briefed members on the current run of Pacific lamprey in the Columbia River Basin and tribal projects currently implemented through the Council’s F&W Program.

Trout Creek Habitat Tour: Learning from the Place
This spring, Oregon Council member Louie Pitt, Jr. and Council staff toured the Trout Creek Watershed Restoration Project located in Central Oregon.

Next Council Meeting: August 16-17 (Portland/webinar)

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