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Debating Dams: What's The Best Way To Protect Salmon?

NWPR/EarthFix | July 21, 2017 11:30 a.m.

How to best protect salmon along the Columbia and Snake rivers is a hotly-debated question. Our video explores one of the most controversial options.

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Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Columbia And Snake Rivers Cold For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017 10 a.m.

A lawsuit filed by salmon advocates calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to pick up where it left off in 2003 in considering steps to lower temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Shielded Native American Cultural Sites Thrust Into Debate Over NW Dams

AP | Jan. 1, 2017 12:18 p.m. | Boise

The Federal Columbia River System Cultural Resources Program tracks some 4,000 historical sites that also include homesteads and missions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Now it's contributing information as authorities prepare a court-ordered environmental impact statement concerning struggling salmon and the operation of 14 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin.


Starving Orca Whales Dying In Puget Sound

KUOW | Oct. 31, 2016 8:40 p.m. | Seattle

It’s been a bad year for the Salish Sea’s southern orca community. The Center for Whale Research says a second adult female has died. That brings the recent death toll to three.

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Scientists Tackle Mercury Woes In River On Idaho-Oregon Border

AP | Aug. 14, 2016 12:49 p.m. | Boise

A multiyear study of mercury contamination is underway in a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Idaho-Oregon border that's part of a power company's effort to renew its license with the federal government.

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Is Idaho Causing Arsenic Woes For Ontario's Water?

OPB | Aug. 5, 2016 4:33 p.m.

Ontario's water supply comes from the Snake River flowing out of Idaho, where arsenic standards are more lax than Oregon's.

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Idaho Powerline Plan Tries To Avoid Private Property

AP | March 27, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Boise

A plan for two high-voltage transmission lines crossing southwestern Idaho has been altered after facing opposition from property owners, a draft document shows.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Feds Release Plan For Recovering Snake River Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 2, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Portland

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday released a draft plan for recovering threatened Snake River fall chinook salmon.

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Eastern Oregon Fire Approaches Homes, Conflagration Act Invoked

AP | Sept. 14, 2015 9:49 a.m.

The Dry Gulch fire is burning northwest of Richland. Crews are trying to stop it from spreading farther east into the rugged terrain near the Snake River.

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Inmate Dies At Prison In Eastern Oregon

AP | June 10, 2015 5:52 p.m. | Ontario, Oregon

A 66-year-old inmate has died at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, and Oregon State Police is investigating the death.

Fish & Wildlife | Energy | Ecotrope

Report: More fish sliding safely through dams

Ecotrope | Dec. 22, 2010 4:52 a.m.

Adding spillway weirs or fish slides to dams on the Columbia and Snake river dams have helped young fish survive their outmigration to the ocean, according to a progress report from hydropower system operators.