Dams

Sockeye Salmon
5:55 am
Mon July 30, 2012

First Sockeye Reach Idaho's Stanley Basin

This is the Sawtooth trap where the first sockeye returned to in 2012.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

The first sockeye arrived in Idaho’s Salmon River this week -- That’s later than usual. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Earthquake Risk
6:07 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Tolerable Risk Vs. Terrible Catastrophe When It Comes To Dams And The Big One

It's a question all of us face sooner or later: whether to spend a good chunk of money to protect against a catastrophe that has a very low chance of occurring. A workshop that just wrapped up in Corvallis considered that dilemma in the context of Northwest dams and a magnitude 9 earthquake. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Lonesome Larry
6:12 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Lonesome Larry Hits 20-Year Anniversary

20 years ago, Lonesome Larry was the only sockeye salmon to make the 800-mile trip from the Pacific Ocean to Redfish Lake, once a popular spawning area for salmon.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

This year is the twenty year anniversary of Lonesome Larry, a lone sockeye salmon that made the 800 mile trip from the ocean to Redfish Lake in central Idaho. It helped jump start a multi-billion dollar effort to save Snake River salmon from certain extinction. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Klamath Dam Removal
7:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

California Tribe Asks Feds to Stop Licensing Klamath Dams

A California American Indian tribe Tuesday asked federal regulators to order the removal of four dams on the Klamath River. The tribe says a restoration plan for the river is stalled. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Resevoir Draining
4:16 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Army Corps Getting Ready For "Big Water"

The Grand Coulee Dam is one of many dams being "drafted" to release water.
Photo Credit: United States Bureau of Reclamation

GRAND COULEE DAM, Wash. -- Federal water and dam managers are draining reservoirs in the Columbia and Snake River basins to get ready for "big water" coursing downriver. In recent weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers has called for bigger drawdowns, or as the agency calls it "drafting", to protect against flooding. Supervisory engineer Peter Brooks says more room is needed to catch runoff from the bountiful snows of March.

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BPA - wind producer compromise
5:18 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

BPA Offers "Compromise" To Wind Energy Companies

Wind Energy Turbines / Photo credit: Wikimedia user AnnawJjacobs/ Wikimedia Commons

The Bonneville Power Administration has offered a solution for its dispute with wind energy producers. As Rob Manning reports, BPA's offer of compensation is not appeasing wind developers.

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