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 & WildlifeAP | 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.
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 | EnergyAP | 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 LoudOPB | 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.
The environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over oil spills from Grand Coulee Dam.
local | News | Environment | Climate changeAP | 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.
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 & WildlifeAP | 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.
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.
Agriculture | Economy | Communities | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Recreation | Science | WaterOPB/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 supply forecasts are looking bleak for many Northwest rivers this year. Managers say that means the region will generate less hydropower.
News | local | Politics | OPB News BlogOPB | 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.