Columbia River

Salmon Lawsuit
6:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom

Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

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.

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Wanapum Dam
7:40 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Gov. Inslee: Cracked Wanapum Dam A Unique Problem, Not Systemic In River System

Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee toured the cracked Wanapum Dam on Wednesday.
Credit Photo courtesy Jay Inslee

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.

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Wanapum Dam
4:38 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Gov. Inslee To Tour Cracked Wanapum Dam

File photo of a crew investigating the crack in Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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.

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Wanapum Dam
5:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Crack In Wanapum Dam Symptom Of Several Big Problems

This graphic form the Grant PUD shows the sequence of events that led to the crack in Wanapum Dam.
Grant PUD

A host of problems caused the massive crack in Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in central Washington. That’s the news out of a Grant County utility district meeting Tuesday.

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Columbia and Snake River Birds
8:08 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Fish-Eating Birds To Be Killed At 5 Dams

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.

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Irrigation
5:42 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Farmers Struggle To Secure Fish Screens And Water In Time

Many irrigation pipes don’t reach the lowered Columbia River behind the cracked Wanapum Dam.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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.

But it turns out the farmers’ rush for water is now being slowed because of concerns over endangered tiny baby salmon. 

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Grand Coulee Salmon
6:30 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River

A pre-conference tour of Grand Coulee Dam on Monday kicked off a conversation about restoring salmon to the Upper Columbia Basin.
Credit Tom Banse

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.  Those epic migrations ended in 1938 with the construction of Grand Coulee Dam.  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. 

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Columbia River Treaty
5:25 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Canada, U.S. Disagree Over Value of Columbia River Treaty Benefits

The Columbia River's Chief Joseph Dam near Bridgeport, Washington. The dam is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library

British Columbia has staked out a negotiating position on a cross-border water treaty that puts it at odds with public utilities and rate payers in the U.S. Northwest. At issue is whether and how to renew the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty. 

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Wanapum Dam
5:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Exposed Shoreline Behind Damaged Wanapum Dam Closed To Public

Grant County engineers have lowered water behind the Wanapum Dam to ease pressure on the crack in part of its spillway.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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. 

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Wanapum Dam
5:57 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Columbia River Drawdown Continues To Take Pressure Off Wanapum Dam

The crack is at the bottom of the fourth spillway pier from the left in this photo.
Grant County PUD

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:54 pm

Water behind the Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash., is being drawn down 26 feet to relieve pressure on the big crack in the structure.

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