(This op-ed appeared on The Oregonian on July 12.)
The Fourth of July weekend saw the death of a dozen sockey salmon on the lower Deschutes River below the Pelton-Round Butte project.
According to Deschutes River Alliance, the temperature of water discharged from Pelton-Round Butte Dam complex have been increasing as the dam operators are drawing from the surface of the reservoir as the primary component of water being used to run turbines.
Read the post by the Alliance on the fish kill.
Read an op-ed by Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers on the Baltimore Sun.
The Hydropower Reform Coalition went before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power yesterday to testify against a bad discussion draft that would shift the balance over management of water resources and strip federal agencies and states of their authorities to protect the resources they have the mandate of protecting.
If enacted, among other things, the bill would: