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Salmon-Friendly Rulings On Columbia, Snake Dams Could Be Overturned By Congress

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2017 4:35 p.m.

A bill sponsored by several U.S. House members from the Northwest aims to overturn two recent court decisions to protect salmon from harmful effects of Columbia and Snake river dams.

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Will Years Of Work To Save 1 Fish Run Be For Naught?

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 2, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington

The wilderness in Central Washington has some really nice bull trout habitat. But one thing stands in the way: an impassable dam. All the work biologists put into moving the fish could be for naught.

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Oregon Legislature Orders Emergency Plans For 17 Dams

Statesman Journal | July 13, 2017 12:18 p.m.

Oregon legislature orders 17 high hazard dams to develop emergency plans.

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Fate Of Pacific Northwest Orcas Tied To Having Enough Columbia River Salmon

Northwest News Partnership | July 11, 2017 2:30 p.m.

What does the next decade hold for killer whales that share the Puget Sound with millions of people and just a fraction of the salmon that historically were the beloved sea mammals; main food source.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

local | Environment | News | 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Salmon, Steelhead Spawning Again Near Soda Springs Dam

OPB | Aug. 5, 2013 11:46 a.m. | Toketee, Oregon

Salmon and steelhead are spawning again upstream of the Soda Springs Dam, 60 miles or so east of Roseburg.

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Culture Club

OPB | Jan. 17, 2013 12:45 p.m.

Our weekly conversation about some of the most talked about stories of the week.