IRU's formal scoping comments, submitted in conjunction with Friends of the Clearwater, cover the history, ecology, economics, biology and more of the lower Snake River system of dams and Idaho's endangered salmon and steelhead.
More than 250,000 individuals have submitted comments since early October when the federal agencies’ (Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) public comment period began. The vast majority of these comments are urging the Corps to remove the four lower Snake River dams in order to bring back endangered salmon.
The Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United and legal group Advocates for the West recently finalized a settlement agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to protect historic uses of U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho while restricting megaload shipments to preserve the area’s spectacular scenery and cultural significance.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed a petition today that would have overridden state ability to enforce water quality standards—a right that has been codified by the Supreme Court. The ruling was a win for IRU and other conservation groups that are seeking better water quality standards at three Idaho Power Co. dams on the Snake River in Hells Canyon.
This was a big year for Idaho Rivers United, a year of many accomplishments, a leadership transition and a big win for Idaho's endangered salmon. We stopped a new dam proposal on the Bear River of southeast Idaho and continued our work to protect the Wild and Scenic rivers of the Clearwater River basin. Click through to read about more of 2016's notable accomplishments.