The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering adjustments to the upper boundary of a federal Wild and Scenic designation on the Lower Crooked River in central Oregon in order to accommodate hydropower development. The Lower Crooked River has Wild and Scenic River (WSR) status for its outstanding recreational values and towering basalt canyons. The river is dammed just above the Wild and Scenic reach by the Bureau of Reclamation's Arthur Bowman Dam.
Contact: Steve Rothert, American Rivers, 530-277-0448
Curtis Knight, California Trout, 530-926-3755
Chuck Bonham, Trout Unlimited, 510-528-4164
Brian Barr, World Wildlife Fund, 541-488-2716
A 2004 historic settlement agreement will allow fish to pass three enormous dams on the mainstem Deschutes for the first time in decades. Co-signed by joint owners Portland General Electric and Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and 20 other agencies and organizations, the settlement agreement restores flow, water quality and fish habitat through the project area.
Court finds agency' s delay on ESA consultation petition “nothing less than egregious” SEATTLE – Today, calling the agency' s delay “egregious,” a federal court ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to respond to a 1997 petition from conservation groups requesting that the agency consult with NOAA Fisheries on the adverse impacts the Hells Canyon Complex has on endangered salmon and steelhead.“We applaud the court' s decision,” said Connie Kelleher of American Rivers.