Snake River Dredging
4:29 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Dredging Of Lower Snake River Channel Begins

This dredge started work on Monday to remove a shoal near the lock entrance to Ice Harbor Dam on the lower Snake River.
Greg Watson U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:28 pm

Dredging of the Lower Snake River started Monday after a delay of several weeks due to a court challenge.

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6:25 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Judge Gives Okay For Snake River Dredging To Proceed

Dredging may begin on the lower Snake River.
Credit Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Tow boat captains, wheat exporters, and the directors of the farthest inland ports in the Northwest are breathing easier today. A federal judge Monday rejected an environmental and tribal challenge to dredging of the lower Snake River.

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River Dredging
4:58 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

$2 Million In Taxpayer Dollars At Risk In Snake River Dredging Showdown

Some river cruise ships can no longer call at this cruise ship dock in Clarkston because of accumulated silt.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:22 pm

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making a high-stakes bet that it will prevail in a pending lawsuit over Snake River dredging.

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Dredge Mining
6:33 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Controversial Dredge Mining Ban Advances in Oregon Senate

A couple uses a dredge mine to search for gold on the Illinois River in Southern Oregon.
Credit Amelia Templeton / EarthFix

A bill that restricts motorized mining in salmon and trout streams advanced in the Oregon Senate Wednesday evening. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports.

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Snake River Dredging
6:48 am
Mon April 8, 2013

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Prepares Snake River Dredging Plans

Barges take goods from Idaho's Port of Lewiston to the Pacific Ocean. Sediment is building up behind the lower Snake River's Lower Granite Dam, making travel more difficult.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers wants to dredge a deeper channel for barges in the waters behind southeastern Washington’s Lower Granite Dam. Idaho’s Port of Lewiston says the work is important to keep the local economy moving. But as EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains, some environmental groups opposed to the plan.

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Gold Dredging
6:08 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Mining Gold In The Northwest Causes Conflict

A floating suction dredge. The rocks and left over dirt are sent out the back end.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

A recreational gold miner in Idaho now has the exclusive right to mine for gold on a stretch of the Salmon River. But the lease process approved by the Idaho Land Board this week raised some questions about the process he will use to get the gold. Aaron Kunz with EarthFix explains.

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