Category Archives: Natural Resources

Grant PUD offers free, outdoor recreation opportunities along the Columbia

New boat launch at Crescent Bar, with limited parking, opens May 26 EPHRATA, Wash. – Local residents and visitors will have a number of outdoor opportunities along the Columbia River this summer recreation season. Grant PUD operates 19 recreation sites … Continue reading

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Grant PUD to hold open house at Crescent Bar on Sept. 9

Grant PUD to hold open house at Crescent Bar on Sept. 9 Crescent Bar’s past, present and future will be celebrated during a special public open house on Friday, Sept. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m., at Crescent Bar Island … Continue reading

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New Grant PUD visitor center to open Dec. 1

Grand opening for facility, located near Wanapum Dam, is Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. BEVERLY, Wash. — The grand opening for The Power of the Columbia River, Grant PUD’s new visitor center is Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Following … Continue reading

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I got caught…wearing my life jacket

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD is working to promote child safety on the Columbia River this recreational season. In an attempt to prevent accidents on the water, Grant PUD is providing Grant and Kittitas County marine patrols with “I Got Caught … Continue reading

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Grant PUD approves settlement to end Crescent Bar legal dispute

Commissioners vote to approve final settlement agreement with leaseholders EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD commissioners voted Tuesday, July 28 during their regular meeting to approve a final settlement document that will end a legal dispute with Crescent Bar leaseholders. Defendants Grant … Continue reading

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Grant PUD ready for summer recreation on Wanapum Reservoir

Renovation work on boat launches and camp sites complete EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD has completed several renovation projects to enhance public recreation on the Wanapum Reservoir. The work includes extending boat launches, improving campsites, enhancing day-use facilities, and increasing amenities … Continue reading

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Grant PUD Commissioners approve Crescent Bar settlement

Public asked to provide comment on public recreation plans for Crescent Bar Island. EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD’s Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday, April 14 to approve an agreement that would settle a federal lawsuit with Crescent Bar Island residents. Under … Continue reading

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Grant PUD and Crescent Bar residents reviewing terms of proposed settlement

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD Commissioners and Crescent Bar Island residents are reviewing the terms of a proposed settlement agreement in relation to their ongoing federal lawsuit. Pending approval of the agreement by U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush, the residents … Continue reading

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Wanapum Reservoir to reopen at noon on Jan. 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2015 Wanapum Reservoir to reopen at noon on Jan. 7 Public access restored to most areas of the shoreline EPHRATA, Wash.— After Grant PUD raised the Wanapum reservoir by 17 feet in December, the utility, … Continue reading

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09/22/2014 New Sockeye hatchery construction complete in Penticton, British Columbia

At full production is capable of producing up to 5 million fry annually, helping Grant PUD meet sockeye fry requirements EPHRATA, Wash.— After breaking ground over a year ago, construction is complete on a new Sockeye Hatchery on Shingle Creek … Continue reading

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July 14, 2014 – Grant PUD plans to begin dredging project at Crescent Bar

EPHRATA, Wash.— Work to improve boat navigation near Crescent Bar is expected to begin next month, according to an agreement reached between Grant PUD and Crescent Bar Inc. Under the agreement, Grant PUD will remove about 45,000 cubic yards of … Continue reading

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06/24/14 Work continues on Wanapum Dam spillway

Crews work around the clock on Wanapum Dam spillway Grant PUD and its contractors continue work on the 800-foot-long Wanapum Dam spillway to prepare for final reinforcing repairs. Various types of drilling are underway as crews prepare for repairs once … Continue reading

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04/16/14 First of spring chinook swim safely past Wanapum and Rock Island dams

Initial data reveals fish ladder modifications are effective Beverly, WA – Initial results reveal that modifications to Wanapum and Rock Island dam’s fish ladders are allowing safe passage to upstream migrating adult salmon and steelhead. Direct observation studies demonstrate salmon … Continue reading

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April 15, 2014: Grant and Chelan PUDs ready for adult chinook spring runs

Fish hauling program begins at Priest Rapids Dam and Rock Island location 1 fish ladder  extension completed Quincy, WA – Modifications of the left-bank fish ladder at Wanapum Dam and location 1 on the right bank of Rock Island Dam … Continue reading

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Grantpud.org webpage has Wanapum spillway updates and information

Grant PUD has established a page on its website devoted to the Wanapum Dam spillway response. The page: http://www.grantpud.org/your-pud/media-room/wanapum-dam-spillway-response can be found by clicking on the link on the home page of the grantpud.org website. Links to press releases, photos … Continue reading

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Average spring runoff predicted for Mid-Columbia and Wanapum Dam

While Grant PUD continues to address the fracture discovered in one of Wanapum Dam’s spillway pier monoliths, the facility remains an operational hydropower plant. Under current conditions, the dam is capable of generating 400 megawatts of electricity. The upcoming spring … Continue reading

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Drilling platform planned for Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD contractor Kuney-Goebel JV is designing a drilling platform for Wanapum Dam spillway pier monolith No. 4. The platform will be used to conduct investigative drilling to determine the geometry of the fracture that was discovered … Continue reading

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Law enforcement is actively patrolling Wanapum shoreline

BEVERLY, Wash. – Deputies from Grant, Kittitas, Douglas and Chelan county sheriff’s offices, as well as officers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, are now under contract to join Grant PUD in patrolling the closed Wanapum reservoir shoreline. … Continue reading

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Grant PUD working with Ecology to assist irrigators affected by drawdown

Grant PUD working with Ecology to assist irrigators affected by drawdown BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD is working in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Ecology to ensure that irrigators with land-use authorizations for surface-water withdrawals from the Wanapum … Continue reading

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Contractor hired to help with Wanapum Dam spillway pier evaluation

BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD plans to work with contractor Kuney-Goebel JV and subcontractors to begin investigative drilling into Wanapum Dam spillway pier monolith No. 4 on Thursday. A fracture was discovered in the monolith on Feb. 27. The precise-drilling … Continue reading

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Extensive examination of Wanapum Dam monolith is underway

BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD is working with engineering consultants to conduct a forensic analysis over the coming weeks on the cause of the fracture discovered Feb. 27 on one of the spillway pier monoliths at Wanapum Dam. Methods used … Continue reading

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Grant PUD is studying fish passage options at Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY, Wash. – Grant PUD is actively studying options to safely pass adult and juvenile salmon and steelhead past Wanapum Dam if the current drawdown of the Wanapum reservoir continues into the migration season. Adult upstream passage begins in April … Continue reading

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Emergency classification lowered at Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY, Wash. – Last night, Grant PUD lowered its Emergency Action Plan classification for the Wanapum Dam spillway incident to a “non-failure emergency.” The utility had been operating under the condition of a “developing failure” since February 28. Grant PUD’s … Continue reading

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Wanapum Dam Spillway Presentation to Grant PUD Commissioners

Wanapum Dam Spillway Board Presentation

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Wanapum Dam stabilizing following drawdown

Wanapum Dam stabilizing following drawdown BEVERLY, Wash. – Engineering surveys taken on Monday, March 3 at Wanapum Dam show that the cracked area found on one the dam’s spillways is stabilizing. As of yesterday, the crack had closed by nearly … Continue reading

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Public workshops planned for proposed shoreline procedures and standards

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD will hold two public workshops to share plans and receive input on proposed shoreline procedures and standards it will use to permit and monitor non-exclusive, private uses on PUD-owned shoreline on the Columbia River. The … Continue reading

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Experts Monitoring Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY, Wash. – Working in conjunction with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and independent engineers, Grant PUD continues to inspect and evaluate the crack found on a spillway section at Wanapum Dam on February 27. Preliminary engineering studies called for … Continue reading

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Commissioners take steps toward improving public access to recreation areas

New standards and guidelines steer process for implementing change EPHRATA, Wash. – Following months of discussions and planning, Grant PUD Commissioners approved a resolution which establishes a framework for enhancing public access and use of Grant PUD properties along the … Continue reading

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River fluctuations near Wanapum Dam Nov. 30- Dec. 5

Boaters and fisherman near Wanapum dam need to be aware of fluctuating river elevations from Nov. 30 – Dec. 5. River elevations will be lowered by as much as six feet during this time, presenting potentially volatile water conditions or … Continue reading

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Popular Columbia River recreation destination reopens to public

Priest Rapids Recreation Area in Desert Aire offers new amenities just in time for summer Desert Aire, Wash. – Significant improvements to one of the most popular recreation sites along the Columbia River are now complete at the Priest Rapids … Continue reading

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