environment

Northwest Rivers Initiative
6:12 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Salmon the Focus of Northwest Rivers Initiative

The Yankee Fork Dredge is now a museum that thousands of visitors walk through each year.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Dams, agriculture, urban development -- they’ve all contributed to the loss of quality habitat for Northwest salmon. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz recently visited an Idaho river where a historic gold mine has left problems behind for salmon and steelhead. Here’s his report on what’s being done to clean things up.

The Salmon River is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The mountains, clean water and abundant fish and wildlife have attracted hundreds of people like Jerry Meyers, who calls this place home.

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History Of Washington Tsunamis
6:42 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Coastal Marshes Yield Up History Of Great Northwest Quakes And Tsunamis

PSU archaeologist Sarah Sterling (right) and Simon Fraser University Prof. Ian Hutchison examine possible tsunami deposits near the mouth of Salt Creek, Clallam County, WA.
Photo Credit: Brian Atwater

Researchers have found fresh evidence of 26-foot-high tsunami waves that washed more than three miles in to the Olympic Peninsula.

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'Megaload' Transportation
5:21 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

New 'Megaload' To Travel Idaho Scenic Route

U.S. 12, between Lewiston and the Forest Service Boundary in North Central Idaho.
Idaho.gov

A 260-ton piece of equipment is winding its way through the inland Northwest this week. The Idaho Department of Transportation gave the green light to a shipper moving water purification equipment into Canada.

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Presidential Candidates Ignore Environment
6:43 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Presidential Candidates Not Focused On The Environment

The environment hasn’t been a big issue during this presidential campaign. It mainly comes up in the context of energy independence.

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Idaho Gold Miner
6:34 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Idaho Miner Says He's Not Intersted In Salmon River

This section of the Salmon River was where Mike Conklin of Grangeville had intended to dredge for gold.
Photo Credit: Aaron Kunz

A gold miner who got the go-ahead to dredge a half mile section of the Salmon River in Idaho may be calling it quits.

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Clean Water Act
6:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Idaho Town Struggles With Clean Water Act Requirements

This is the new municipal wastewater treatment plant. It officially opened in 2007. It has been used to treat industrial waste until a more permanent fix can be put in place
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

40 years ago Thursday, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to reduce pollution in America’s waterways. Even four decades later, hundreds of towns across the Northwest are failing to meet clean water standards for their wastewater treatment plants. For most, that means costly upgrades and higher fees for households and businesses. The southern Idaho town of Burley is no exception. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Northwest News
6:13 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Stormwater Called The "Single Largest Contributor To Urban Pollution

Close up of a storm drain.
Photo Credit: Ashley Ahearn

Human beings are really good at paving stuff. Such as parking lots and roads.  Our development patterns have very real effects on water quality.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:12 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Natural Gas: Keep It Here Or Export? Debate Comes To The Northwest

Portland attorney Robert Lorey (left) and Astoria marine biologist Dave Lillis protest natural gas exports outside the Warrenton Community Center
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Natural gas production in North America has increased so dramatically that no fewer than 17 companies have now applied to export the fuel overseas. Two gas export terminals are proposed in the Northwest - one near Coos Bay, Oregon, and the other at the Port of Astoria. This week, federal energy regulators are getting an earful of public testimony. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the possible effects all this could have on the price you pay for natural gas.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:06 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Hearing On Natural Gas Exports Turns Raucous

The prospect of coal exports has stirred controversy in the Northwest this year. But near Astoria last night, it was natural gas exports that drew a capacity crowd. Correspondent Tom Banse reports what happened when federal regulators invited comment on a proposed natural gas export terminal at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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Stellar Sea Lions
6:02 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Sea Lions At Bonneville Dam Ate Estimated 2500 Sturgeon

Biologists say the sea lions that scoop up fish at the foot of Bonneville dam on the Columbia river have killed more sturgeon this year than salmon. Amelia Templeton reports.

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