Columbia River

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sunken Ship On Columbia Poses Oil Spill Risk

Aug 28, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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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