hells canyon dams

Roger Phillips / Idaho Department of Fish and Game

It’s been awhile since Lonesome Larry made the long journey home to Redfish Lake and found no girl sockeye salmon to mate with. That was 1992. Since then the numbers have gone up and downAs of last week, Idaho Fish and Game reported that sockeye salmon returns are lower than they’ve been in 10 years. The Boise Weekly has published a series on salmon and dam removal and Idaho Matters jumps in for a closer look.

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This week, Pacific Rivers and Idaho Rivers United filed a petition challenging the way power is harnessed at the Hells Canyon complex. The groups claim the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, did not meet requirements when they gave certification to Idaho Power.

 

Roger Tabor / USFWS

Idaho and Oregon have worked out a deal to keep operating the Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River.

 

Hells Canyon Dam, Idaho Power, dam
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Idaho, Oregon and Idaho Power have reached an agreement on operating a set of three dams in Hells Canyon that’s been years in the making. But some environmentalists aren’t happy.