In a recent decision (see the attachment below) issued by the US Court of Appeals, a judge decided that Snoqualmine Falls hydroelectric project does not interfere with a local tribe's religious freedom.The Snoqualmie India Tribe considers Snoqualmine Falls that lies within the project boundary to be a sacred site that played a role in the creation of the tribe. It also believes that the mist created by the Falls connects the earth with the heaven.
The proposed 60-MW Hook Canyon project in Utah received a huge blow when the Governor of Utah decided that the voice of the general public and the value of the Bear lake for tourism and local ecosystem should not be compromised. Gov. Jon Huntsman recently directed the Division of State Parks and Recreation to drop negotiations for an easement, effectively killing the project.The proposed project was never received well by anyone.
Last week, FERC issued a 40-year license to the Grant County PUD to operate the Priest Rapids hydro project. The Priest Rapids project, consisting of Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams is the lowermost project on the Mid-Columbia River. Located upstream are three other FERC licensed projects- Rocky Reach, Rock Island, and Wells.
As preparations are being made to dismantle the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River in 2009, the University of Idaho has developed a web portal with information on dam removal and watershed restoration. According to the website, the Elwha Watershed Information Resource, "...will integrate ecological and socioeconomic information that describes the physical environment, biological and human communities, and management issues in the Elwha watershed."