Columbia River

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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Ferry Update
6:24 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Remote Yet Vital Inland Northwest Ferry Crossing Gets An Upgrade

The M.V. Sanpoil makes its inaugural trip across the Columbia River at the Keller Ferry crossing. Crowds turned out for the christening, but usually there's little foot traffic on this remote ferry.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Washington's most famous ferries are in Puget Sound. But another, inland ferry operated by the state has been quietly shuttling cars across the Columbia River since 1948. And Wednesday, that ferry crossing got a badly needed update. Correspondent Jessica Robinson was at the christening of the new vessel and has this story.

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Coal Plan Hearings
5:48 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out For Hearing On Columbia River Coal Plan

Protest organizers held what they dubbed a "people's hearing" outside the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality meetings in Portland. Resident Mark Hill said the department is not looking at the bigger picture.
Credit Cassandra Profita

Coal opponents danced, waved banners and cheered Tuesday outside a Portland hearing about a proposed export terminal. It was a quieter scene inside the meetings in Eastern and Western Oregon, where officials heard hundreds of public comments.

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Columbia River Treaty
4:09 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Canada Defends Hydropower 'Entitlement' From U.S. Northwest

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:50 pm

Here's a little known fact that may affect your power bill: Every year, public utilities in the Northwest give British Columbia several hundred million dollars worth of electricity. That's to compensate Canada for managing the upper Columbia River to minimize flooding and maximize hydropower downstream.

Americans are pushing for a better deal, but the B.C. government is preparing to defend what's now considered an entitlement.

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Columbia River Crossing
4:58 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Joint Washington-Oregon Columbia River Crossing Office To Close

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:40 pm

In what Washington Governor Jay Inslee calls "a dang shame," plans for a new bridge over the Columbia River are shelved -- if not dead. The Washington legislature adjourned without funding the construction phase of the project.

You might call the Columbia River Crossing “the bridge to the archives.” That’s where the blueprints will go now that the Washington Senate said “no” to a gas tax increase. That nixes $450 million for the new bridge over the mighty Columbia between Vancouver and Portland.

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