Columbia River http://nwpr.org en Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom http://nwpr.org/post/federal-salmon-plan-heads-back-courtroom <p>It’s back to court for the federal government and salmon advocates. Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River and protect endangered salmon and steelhead. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:49:45 +0000 Courtney Flatt 47658 at http://nwpr.org Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom Gov. Inslee: Cracked Wanapum Dam A Unique Problem, Not Systemic In River System http://nwpr.org/post/gov-inslee-cracked-wanapum-dam-unique-problem-not-systemic-river-system <p>Wednesday Governor Jay Inslee was able to get up close to drilling machines on the damaged Wanapum Dam in central Washington. It came out this week that the dam’s massive crack was caused by fundamental design errors and bad concrete pours in 1960. Correspondent Anna King has our story. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:40:36 +0000 Anna King 45942 at http://nwpr.org Gov. Inslee: Cracked Wanapum Dam A Unique Problem, Not Systemic In River System Gov. Inslee To Tour Cracked Wanapum Dam http://nwpr.org/post/gov-inslee-tour-cracked-wanapum-dam <p>Governor Jay Inslee will get to see the massive problems with central Washington's Wanapum Dam for himself Wednesday. Major design miscalculations and construction flaws are to blame for the dam’s massive crack. Now officials say they’ll be studying other dams on the Columbia River as well.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 23:38:18 +0000 Anna King 45919 at http://nwpr.org Gov. Inslee To Tour Cracked Wanapum Dam Crack In Wanapum Dam Symptom Of Several Big Problems http://nwpr.org/post/crack-wanapum-dam-symptom-several-big-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A host of problems caused the massive crack in </span>Wanapum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam on the Columbia River in central Washington. That’s the news out of a Grant County utility district meeting Tuesday.</span></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 00:10:52 +0000 Anna King 45867 at http://nwpr.org Crack In Wanapum Dam Symptom Of Several Big Problems Fish-Eating Birds To Be Killed At 5 Dams http://nwpr.org/post/fish-eating-birds-be-killed-5-dams <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials at five dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers will start killing birds that eat migrating juvenile salmon. They are meant to protect endangered salmon and steelhead as they begin their journey out to sea.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:08:53 +0000 Courtney Flatt 43514 at http://nwpr.org Farmers Struggle To Secure Fish Screens And Water In Time http://nwpr.org/post/farmers-struggle-secure-fish-screens-and-water-time <p>Dozens of central Washington fruit farmers are still high and dry without water for their valuable fruit trees. Many irrigation pipes don’t reach the lowered Columbia River behind the cracked Wanapum Dam.</p><p>But it turns out the farmers’ rush for water is now being slowed because of concerns over endangered tiny baby salmon.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:42:02 +0000 Anna King 43301 at http://nwpr.org Farmers Struggle To Secure Fish Screens And Water In Time Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River http://nwpr.org/post/tribes-push-restore-salmon-upper-columbia-river <p>Once upon a time, salmon and steelhead swam over a thousand miles upriver to the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, there at the foot of the Rockies in British Columbia. &nbsp;Those epic migrations ended in 1938 with the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. &nbsp;This week, tribes from both sides of the U.S.-Canada border along with scientists and policymakers are meeting in Spokane to figure out how Columbia River fish could be restored to their entire historical range.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:30:41 +0000 Tom Banse 43015 at http://nwpr.org Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River Canada, U.S. Disagree Over Value of Columbia River Treaty Benefits http://nwpr.org/post/canada-us-disagree-over-value-columbia-river-treaty-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">British Columbia has staked out a negotiating position on a cross-border water treaty that puts it at odds with public utilities and </span>rate payers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the U.S. Northwest. At issue is whether and how to renew the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:25:19 +0000 Tom Banse 42820 at http://nwpr.org Canada, U.S. Disagree Over Value of Columbia River Treaty Benefits Exposed Shoreline Behind Damaged Wanapum Dam Closed To Public http://nwpr.org/post/exposed-shoreline-behind-damaged-wanapum-dam-closed-public <p>Officials in Grant County, Wash., are asking the public to stay away from the shoreline behind the damaged Wanapum Dam. They drew down the level of the reservoir to take pressure off a cracked portion of the spillway.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:42:36 +0000 Jessica Robinson 42408 at http://nwpr.org Exposed Shoreline Behind Damaged Wanapum Dam Closed To Public Columbia River Drawdown Continues To Take Pressure Off Wanapum Dam http://nwpr.org/post/columbia-river-drawdown-continues-take-pressure-wanapum-dam <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030314AK_Wanapumupdate_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Water behind the Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash., is being drawn down 26 feet to relieve pressure on the big crack in the structure.<p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:57:15 +0000 Anna King 42261 at http://nwpr.org Columbia River Drawdown Continues To Take Pressure Off Wanapum Dam