Category Archives: Fish and Wildlife

Temporary Columbia River closures planned above Vernita Bridge for Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 3 and 4

A portion of the Columbia River above Vernita Bridge will be temporarily closed to boating traffic on Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 3 and 4 while a contractor for Grant PUD performs maintenance to power lines that cross over … Continue reading

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No ifs, ands or nuts – squirrels are a growing cause of Grant PUD outages

By Laine Barth, Grant PUD intern That cute, little squirrel running around the neighborhood might seem harmless, but increasingly these invasive animals are the cause of two mayor annoyances in Grant County, power and fiber-optic outages. Squirrels love to gnaw … 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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11/18/2014 Wanapum Reservoir begins filling over coming weeks

Moves utility one step closer to restoring public access later in year EPHRATA, Wash.—  After nearly 10 months of working around the clock to repair and strengthen Wanapum Dam’s spillway, Grant PUD will soon be able to raise the reservoir … 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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June 9, 2014 Fish passage from Priest Rapids, Wanapum and Rock Island dams going well

Efforts to install extended fish ladders for adult spring Chinook, steelhead and lamprey show positive results Modifications to fish ladders at both Wanapum and Rock Island dams are showing positive results for the spring run of adult Chinook salmon. Grant … Continue reading

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May 6, 2014 – Wanapum Reservoir will remain closed during Memorial Day weekend

Wanapum Reservoir will remain closed during Memorial Day weekend EPHRATA, Wash. – With Memorial Day weekend drawing near, Grant PUD and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) remind those planning to recreate on the Columbia River that the … Continue reading

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April 30, 2014: Wanapum and Priest Rapids fish bypass units ready for juvenile migration

Juvenile salmon and steelhead passage is now underway at Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams. Juvenile passage at Wanapum Dam will be accommodated through the dam’s fish bypass unit, spillways and advanced turbines, which all remain functional under the current reservoir … 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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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 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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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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Long term agreement reached for White River spring Chinook

 A long-term plan setting the course for White River spring Chinook salmon for the next 13 years has been reached by Grant PUD, state, federal and tribal agency representatives, known as the Priest Rapids Coordinating Committee (PRCC). The plan will … Continue reading

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Archaeology Days draws more than 600

More than 600 people attended the two-day Archaeology Days event hosted by Grant PUD and the Wanapum Heritage Center last Wednesday and Thursday. The adult day featured several presentions, including: The new Wanapum Heritage Center. Priest Rapids Project Archeology. Priest Rapids … Continue reading

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Grant PUD & Wanapum to host Archaeology Days Oct. 10-11

Smithsonian Institution provides keynote regarding Kennewick Man Who: Grant PUD and the Wanapum Heritage Center. What: In recognition of archaeology month, Grant PUD and the Wanapum Heritage Center invite members of the public and press to Archaeology Days 2012. This year’s event … Continue reading

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Are you a River Nomad?

EPHRATA, Wash. – Summer recreation season is heating up and Grant PUD wants to cool things off with the first annual River Nomad Photo Contest. The contest extends from July 1-31, and allows Columbia River recreators to submit their images … Continue reading

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The Cove Opens for Day Use in 2012

Families are able to enjoy the Columbia River in more ways this summer thanks to a joint agreement between Grant County Public Utility District (Grant PUD) and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. This agreement paves the way for the … Continue reading

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