Columbia River

Washington Coal Terminals
5:53 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Columbia River Towns May Team Up To Export Coal

Only one of the Northwest’s various coal export proposals would rely on two different ports. That has residents in a pair of Columbia River towns in wondering if coal will be good for their communities. EarthFix reporter Courtney Flatt has the first part of our story in Boardman.

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Spring Salmon Numbers
6:05 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Spring Chinook Numbers Lower Than Expected

The salmon run on the Columbia River this spring was not as strong as expected.
Riccardo Rossi Wikimedia Commons

You might remember predictions of really high spring Chinook runs this year. But, turns outs, after spring salmon runs wrapped up, the numbers were not as high as everyone had hoped.

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Columbia River Contaminants
5:41 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

'Personal Care Products,' Pharmaceutical Toxics Found In Columbia River

The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River near the west end of the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo courtesy of USGS

Giant smoke stacks and industrial dump sites are no longer the only water quality problem on the Columbia River. a recent study has found that our day to day life has a major impact as well.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers looked at nine cities along the river, from Wenatchee to Longview, Wash. They detected hundreds of contaminants flowing from wastewater treatment plants and stormwater runoff.

Hydrologist Jennifer Morace says the toxic contaminants included things like shampoo and pharmaceuticals.

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Columbia River Sewage Spill
4:12 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

1.2 Million Gallons Of Sewage Spills Into Columbia From Broken B.C. Pipe

Map indicating the site of the sewage leak.
Northwest News Network

A pipe failure on Monday in British Columbia has released an estimated 1.2 million gallons of raw sewage into the Columbia River. Emergency crews from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment stopped the flow  Tuesday afternoon.

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Gas Pipeline
6:30 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Natural Gas Pipeline For Hanford Plant May Go Under Columbia River

Warning sign at entry to Hanford Site, Washington
Wikimedia user: TobinFricke Wikimedia Commons

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is starting work on a plan to build a 30-mile natural gas pipeline to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. The announcement Monday includes few details but the pipeline would likely go under the Columbia River.

Hanford’s waste treatment plant is going to need a lot of power. After all, its purpose is to mix radioactive sludge with glass material to form molten liquid. That brew, once cooled, would form huge glass logs for long-term storage.

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Nuclear Waste
11:32 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Hanford Waste Tanks May Have More Plutonium Than Earlier Estimated

Workers at the Hanford Tank Farm
Hanford.gov U.S. Department of Energy

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s tank farms in southeast Washington may have much more plutonium than earlier estimated. That’s according to a report by a Hanford contractor that’s just been leaked to public radio. As Anna King reports, At least one high-level Hanford official worries the findings could mean a massive waste treatment plant’s design might need to be altered.

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Our Northwest Water
12:00 am
Thu November 5, 2009

Watchdog Says Feds Shouldn't Draw More Water Out of Columbia River

A watchdog group is crying foul on the federal government's plan to pump more water out of the Columbia River in Eastern Washington. The government plans to build a massive pipeline near Moses Lake with federal stimulus money. Richland Correspondent Anna King explains. 

At issue is the federal government's plan to build a massive pipeline near Moses Lake to pull more water out of the Columbia River to help irrigate crops. Rachael Paschael Osborn with the group Center for Environmental Law & Policy says she became concerned with the pipeline when she realized how large it was.

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