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Umatilla Contaminated Fish

OPB | March 20, 2008 1:30 p.m.

Levels of pollution in the Columbia River basin are so high that the fish are dangerous to eat. Native people in the Northwest, who’s diet and traditions depend on salmon, are particularly at risk of exposure to the high levels of pesticides and mercury found in the fish. Tribes along the contaminated Columbia River are working together to rid the river and its tributaries of contamination and restore a healthy salmon population.

First Broadcast: 2008
Producer: Jim Newman

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