Briefly: Tribes, environmentalists, hydropower groups enter new deal; Congress still must approve

Fox Business News reports that Native American tribes as well as environmental and hydropower groups have reached an agreement that they say will boost hydropower production while protecting rivers and fish and giving tribal communities more control over local permitting conditions. Some hydropower in the Northwest could be added to existing dams in as little as two years, while new off-river pumped storage could see approval in as little as three years. Groups supporting the legislation include American Rivers, the Skokomish and Skagit tribes, as well as the National Hydropower Association.

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