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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.

Climate change | local | Pacific Ocean | Water | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Warm Waters Off West Coast Have Lingering Effects For Salmon

AP | Sept. 17, 2017 3:20 p.m.

The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm temperatures on salmon and steelhead.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Washington’s Fish Farms Are Governed By Decades-Old Guidelines

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2017 5 p.m. | Seattle

The guidelines have been on the books since 1986. Critics of fish farming in Puget Sound say last month's farmed salmon escape underscores the need for better standards and enforcement.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

600,000 Salmon Released Early Because Of Eagle Creek Fire

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2017 3:30 p.m.

To keep hatchery fall chinook salmon from dying because of the Eagle Creek Fire, Oregon officials released them early. They expect the fish to be OK.

local | News | Environment

Tribes Worry Over Lower Columbia Gorge Coho Runs With Forest Fires

Northwest News Network | Sept. 6, 2017 2:34 p.m.

The forest fires raging in the Columbia River Gorge are unlikely to disturb adult coho salmon right now. But Northwest tribal fishers are worried about...

Uncategorized | Environment

That Atlantic Salmon Farm Was On Its Last Legs — And Washington State Knew It

KUOW | Sept. 1, 2017 11 a.m. | Seattle

An aquaculture firm and state regulators knew its floating salmon farm was "nearing the end of serviceable life" before it failed, allowing about 162,000 non-native fish into Puget Sound and beyond.

Nation | Food | Environment

Salmon Fisher: Spill Is Dangerous And 'We Shouldn't Have To Deal With It'

NPR | Aug. 31, 2017 6:05 a.m.

Commercial fisherman are putting off their own livelihoods to catch the farmed Atlantic salmon that broke out of their net pen in Washington state. One fisherman describes the "carnival atmosphere."

local | Food | Water | Animals | News | Business | Fish & Wildlife | Economy | Environment

Washington State Halts Salmon Farm Permits After Fish Escape

AP | Aug. 27, 2017 9:57 a.m. | Seattle

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the Department of Ecology to put on hold any new permits for net pens after thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped into Puget Sound earlier this month from a damaged salmon farm.


Q&A: So Why Are Atlantic Salmon In The Northwest?

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 25, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Last weekend a net pen holding 305,000 Atlantic salmon broke apart near Washington’s Bellingham Bay. The situation has raised a few basic questions about Atlantic salmon and fish farming.

News | Think Out Loud

Kicker | Black Market Marijuana | Immigration Legal Help | God Squad

OPB | Aug. 23, 2017 noon

There are not many options for legal assistance for immigrants in the Eugene area. Irrigators in Oregon and Washington are calling on the so-called "God Squad" to keep Snake River dams from coming down. Also, the kicker.

Politics | local | NW Life | Water | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Trump Administration Urged To Avoid Salmon Protection Rules

AP | Aug. 10, 2017 2:53 p.m. | Boise

A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws

Think Out Loud

REBROADCAST: The Names Of Our Stars | In-Home Care

OPB | Aug. 2, 2017 noon

Author Peter Fromm spent months alone in the wilderness babysitting growing salmon eggs. We also discuss what life is like for in-home care giving, just ahead of a local screening of a new documentary.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

Crews Begin Removing Eastern Oregon Dam To Improve Fish Passage

East Oregonian | July 23, 2017 8:07 a.m.

It took 20 years of planning, studies and grant writing, but the removal of the Dillon Diversion Dam is finally underway on the Umatilla River.

local | News | Environment

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.

Science | Environment | Agriculture | Sustainability

Would You Trust The Feds To Make Decisions About Your Land? | Terrestrial

KUOW | July 20, 2017 3:30 p.m. | Enterprise, Oregon

Why would a fourth-generation Oregon rancher who doesn't put much trust in the government choose to work with federal agencies to restore salmon runs on her property?

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

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 | local | Environment | News

Legal Battle Drives Dam Managers To Extraordinary Salmon Research

OPB/EarthFix | July 7, 2017 12:15 p.m. | Bonneville, Oregon

As a 20-year lawsuit drags on, federal dam managers need to prove to the court that habitat restoration is actually working to save salmon. And that’s no small task.

NW Life | Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

Oregon To Continue Running 6 Hatcheries Under Extension

Medford Mail Tribune | July 3, 2017 2:32 p.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allow Oregon to run six hatcheries for three more months under a recent extension.

Water | Environment

Navy Skips Permit For Bremerton Boat Scraping; Environmentalists Sue

KUOW | June 19, 2017 2:15 p.m.

The Navy is being sued for releasing heavy metals into Puget Sound by scraping a ship hull. But in the nearby city of Bremerton, it's going to take more than that to shake locals' love of the Navy.

Politics | Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Sen. Merkley | 'Ricochet River'

OPB | June 15, 2017 noon

We celebrate the 25th anniversary edition of the very Oregon book Ricochet River. And Senator Jeff Merkley joins us from DC.