MAY 5, 2016

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Work begins on Kennewick wine village

May 5, 2016, Tri-City Herald

The Port of Kennewick breaks ground on the Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village on May 9.

The port recently awarded a $277,000 contract to Big D’s Construction of Tri-Cities for the earthwork and to install utilities.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article75635742.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Judge Rejects Feds’ Latest Plan To Help Salmon Survive Columbia River Dams

May 4, 2016, KUOW

In a ruling Wednesday, Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon rejected the government’s latest plan for protecting salmon in the Columbia River Basin, saying the system of fish-blocking dams “cries out for a new approach.”

It’s the fifth time a federal judge has ruled against the plan that guides dam operations on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The question of how to offset the impacts of hydroelectric dams on threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead has been subject to more than 20 years of legal conflict. Wednesday’s ruling is a continuation of a lawsuit that was filed in 2001.

Read more here: http://kuow.org/post/judge-rejects-feds-latest-plan-help-salmon-survive-columbia-river-dams

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