An effort to generate energy along the Columbia River through a concept called “pumped storage” has drawn pushback from tribes and environmental groups.

The hydropower project being developed in Central Washington, overlooking the Columbia River, would generate electrical power equivalent to what can be created by a nuclear reactor by sending water back and forth between two reservoirs.

The “pumped storage” concept works similarly to a hydroelectric dam without killing salmon or keeping them from their spawning grounds.

While the idea may be environmentally promising, the proposed location of the project is getting pushback. The Yakama Indian Nation considers the site sacred and the tribe wants to protect it.

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