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Court Orders More Spill Over Columbia River Dams In 2018

OPB/EarthFix | March 27, 2017 4:30 p.m.

A judge has ordered federal agencies to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead, though not until next year after testing.

News | Water | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife

Report: Restoration Efforts In Columbia Basin Helping Salmon

AP | March 5, 2017 11:41 a.m. | Boise

The $500 million spent annually on habitat restoration projects and improvements are helping salmon, steelhead and other wildlife in the Columbia River Basin, federal agencies responsible for operating 14 federal dams say.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Energy

Plaintiffs Call For More Court-Ordered Spill At Columbia River Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 10, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Portland

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit over dams in the Columbia River Basin are asking the court to order federal agencies to spill more water over the dams this spring to help threatened and endangered fish.

News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | Politics | Energy

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.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Forest Service Responds | Woody Guthrie In The Pacific Northewest

OPB | Aug. 18, 2016 noon

The US Forest Service responds to our interview with Oregonian reporters about their Canyon Creek fire investigation. And KEXP DJ Greg Vandy about Woody Guthrie's time in our neck of the woods.

News | Environment | local | Recreation

Injured Climber Rescued From Mount Adams

AP | July 4, 2016 9:57 a.m. | Mount Adams, Washington

A 55-year-old Lynnwood man is recovering after injuring himself while climbing Mount Adams over the weekend.

Environment | Energy

Lawsuit Aims To Stop Oil Spills From Grand Coulee Dam

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2016 4 p.m. | Portland

The environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over oil spills from Grand Coulee Dam.

local | News | Environment | Climate change

Warm April Causes Rapid Melting Of Washington Snowpack

AP | May 10, 2016 9:23 a.m. | Spokane, Washington

High temperatures in April caused much of the Pacific Northwest's mountain snowpack to melt. Runoff was above normal because of the rapid snowmelt, but Washington's rivers and streams were able to contain it without flooding.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Judge Rejects Feds' Latest Plan To Help Salmon Survive Columbia River Dams

OPB/EarthFix | May 4, 2016 3:15 p.m.

In a ruling Wednesday, Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon rejected the government's latest plan for protecting salmon in the Columbia River Basin, saying the system of fish-blocking dams “cries out for a new approach.”

News | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife

NW Tribes Seek To Restore Columbia River Salmon Runs

AP | Feb. 7, 2016 9:15 a.m. | Spokane, Washington

For decades, Northwest tribes were told it would be too expensive to try and restore salmon runs ruined by dams along the Columbia River. But new technology has raised hopes among tribal members.

Renewable energy | Agriculture | Communities | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Energy

Next Chapter In Klamath Dams Saga Opens In California

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 26, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

California has started looking at the environmental effects of dams on the Klamath River. It’s the first official move since the Klamath Basin Water Agreements fell apart at the end of the year.

Environment | Land | Fish & Wildlife | local | Animals | Water | Oregon Field Guide

Portland Area Learns To Live With Urban Beavers

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015 8:30 p.m.

There's a beaver boom all around Portland. Local agencies let them stay where they are.

Renewable energy | Communities | Agriculture | Recreation | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Energy

What's The Deal With Dam Removals?

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 27, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Dams continue to come down on rivers all over the Northwest. But is this a permanent trend?

Agriculture | Economy | Communities | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Recreation | Science | Water

Drought Allows A Salmon-Killing Parasite To Thrive In The Klamath

OPB/EarthFix | June 9, 2015 1:15 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

Scientists say there’s not enough water flowing in the Klamath River. What water is there is too warm, allowing a salmon-killing parasite to thrive.

Water | Environment

Less Water In Northwest Rivers Will Mean Less Hydropower

OPB | May 5, 2015 6:30 p.m.

Water supply forecasts are looking bleak for many Northwest rivers this year. Managers say that means the region will generate less hydropower.


Tracking Columbia River Salmon With Tiny Tags

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 2, 2015 5 p.m.

Tracking salmon as they move past Columbia River dams just got a little easier. Scientists are using a new tag so small that researchers can inject it with a syringe into the fishes' bellies.

News | local | Politics | OPB News Blog

Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams Heads For Washington, DC

OPB | Jan. 14, 2015 7:52 a.m. | Portland

Former Mayor Sam Adams will be leaving Portland for a new job in Washington, D.C. Adams announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will join the World Resources Institute as its director of U.S. Climate Initiative.

Think Out Loud

Dam Settlement Addresses Oil And Other Pollutants

OPB | Aug. 6, 2014 12:20 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: The Army Corps of Engineers has settled a lawsuit brought by Columbia Riverkeeper involving oil and other pollutants from dams. The emissions will now fall under the Clean Water Act.

Think Out Loud

Environmental Update On Oil Trains, Coal & More

OPB | May 20, 2014 12:15 p.m.

TUESDAY: We'll round-up some of the region's major environmental stories from the EarthFix team.

Think Out Loud

Environmental Update

OPB | Feb. 27, 2014 12:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: We've got a round-up of some of the region's major environmental stories from the EarthFix team.