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.
The lower Snake River will take center stage Wednesday afternoon and evening in Lewiston, where the Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will host an open house to seek public input on developing a new lawful, science-based plan to prevent extinction of wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers.