BPA working to protect disappearing Willamette Valley habitats

Portland, Ore. - Rare and endangered Willamette Valley wildlife have gained nearly 500 acres of newly protected habitat, including some of the best remaining slices of native wetlands, prairies and oak woodlands, through four recent purchases of land and conservation easements funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.
      
Sensitive species from the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly to the western meadowlark, Oregon’s state bird, depend on the habitat, which is some of the most imperiled in the Pacific Northwest and faces pressure from development. Less than 2 percent of the Willamette Valley’s native upland prairie remains. Only 5 percent of original prairie and oak woodlands remain. 
      
“We’re taking advantage of a rare and important opportunity to protect critical habitat that will only become more valuable and important to Oregon and its wildlife,” said Russell Hoeflich, Oregon director for The Nature Conservancy, which purchased one parcel and an easement on another with BPA funds.

Albany Woman Run Over by Truck On Chehalis River Gravel Bar

OAKVILLE, Wash. - A 22 year old woman died this morning when she fell out of a truck bed and was run over by the truck. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department was called to a Gravel Bar on the Chehalis River off of Matson Road in Oakville just after 2 o'clock.
The 22 year old Albany, Oregon woman was determined deceased at the scene, a 32 year old Oakville resident was taken into custody for vehicular homicide, the Sheriff's department reports the incident appears to be alcohol related, blood was drawn from the Oakville man, and will be tested for alcohol. Deputies are still interviewing witnesses and examining the scene.

Open House to Discuss Flooding in The Chehalis River Basin

Montesano, WA –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State of Washington invite you to attend your choice of open houses to learn about active programs that address flooding and related concerns throughout the Chehalis River Basin.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Washington, Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority, Chehalis Basin Partnership, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Geological Survey and National Weather Service.

Bonneville Power Administration Sponsors Wind Forcast Competition

Portland, Ore. - In a Northwest twist on the X Prize, two research teams are about to begin competing to see which can best predict changes in the region's shifting winds as much as 36 hours ahead. The unusual technology contest is sponsored by the Bonneville Power Administration.

The team with the most accurate predictions will be in line for a BPA contract to develop a full-scale wind forecast model for the entire fleet of Northwest wind projects. Better forecasts benefit the booming wind energy sector and electric customers by anticipating sudden shifts in wind energy so power managers can smoothly incorporate it into the grid.

The Northwest forecast model would be the first created specifically to foresee sharp changes, or "ramps," in wind energy, with wide potential to help utilities meld wind with other power sources. BPA hopes the competition will help promote wind forecasting the way the X Prize advanced aerospace technology.