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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire fly over the Columbia and Willamette rivers Friday to get a bird's eye view of the derelict and abandoned vessels languishing in those waters. **UPDATE (Friday p.m.):** Kitzhaber and Gregoire return from flyover with reaction.
The U.S. Coast Guard and its contractors spent 10 months and $22 million removing the Davy Crockett barge from the Columbia River in 2011. Workers prevented a major environmental disaster, but an EarthFix investigation has found that state and federal officials could have prevented an oil spill and the need for a multi-million-dollar cleanup.
Crews are continuing to work on a cracked barge that's been abandoned in the Columbia River about 15 miles upstream from Vancouver.
Construction in China is building demand for wood from the Northwest. Right now, it means sending raw logs to be milled into lumber. But some think China may eventually want dimensional lumber - which would mean mill jobs in the U.S.
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