Columbia River

Dam Crack
6:20 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Columbia River's Wanapum Dam Cracked, Officials Mull Options

File photo of Wanapum Dam
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 2:26 pm

Dam operators are struggling to find a solution for a major underwater crack in the Wanapum Dam. It spans the Columbia River in central Washington near Vantage.

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i-5 Bridge
3:57 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Oregon's Treasurer Casts Doubt On I-5 Bridge Tolling Plan

An artist's rendition of the proposed 1-5 bridge over the Columbia River.
Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 3:36 pm

Oregon's state treasurer says he won't approve bonds for a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River without a guarantee: that Oregon can collect tolls from Washington drivers.

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Pacific Lamprey
6:03 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Creating A Northwest Lamprey Hatchery

Northwest researchers are trying to develop a lamprey hatchery – the first of its kind in the world.
Courtney Flatt

Pacific lamprey numbers are quickly declining throughout Northwestern waters. Tribal elders remember times when the Columbia River was black with the eel-like fish. Now, Northwest researchers are trying to develop a lamprey hatchery – the first of its kind in the world. But, there are challenges ahead.

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Columbia River Treaty
4:28 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

U.S. Side Calls For Columbia River Treaty To Be 'Modernized'

File photo of Grand Coulee Dam, looking Southeast.
Gregg M. Erickson Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:27 pm

The American negotiating position became clearer Friday in what promises to be difficult bargaining to update a water treaty with Canada.

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Columbia River Treaty
4:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

U.S. Columbia River Users Seek 'Better Bargain' With Canada

File photo of Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.
US Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 4:47 pm

U.S. senators from the Northwest say it is time "to strike a better bargain" with Canada over hydropower generated along the shared Columbia River.

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Sportfishing Fees
6:24 am
Mon October 7, 2013

New Sportfishing Fees Will Help Move Gill Nets Off The Columbia River

The fees are part of Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan to move non-tribal gill-nets off the Columbia River channel.
Credit Virginia Sea Grant

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday approved new fees for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing in most of the state's non-coastal rivers.

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Columbia River Fish
3:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat

US Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:50 pm

New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.

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Columbia River Treaty
4:51 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Regional Players Divided On How To Renegotiate Columbia River Treaty

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 4:48 pm

Two federal agencies are recommending that a 50-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Canada be renegotiated to give Northwest electricity ratepayers and salmon a better deal.

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Columbia Dams and Salmon
5:55 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Feds Say Dams Are Working Fine For Columbia Salmon

Not much would change for dam operations on the Columbia River under the federal government’s new draft plan for protecting endangered salmon and steelhead.
Credit USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

Not much would change for dam operations on the Columbia River under the federal government’s new draft plan for protecting endangered salmon and steelhead.

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Sunken vessel in the Columbia River
6:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Sunken Ship On Columbia Poses Oil Spill Risk

Washington officials responding to a sunken vessel in the Columbia River are advising people to avoid contact with a stretch of the water downstream from Longview.

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