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Wind Power
6:43 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Paying Wind Generators Not To Produce Power

The first powerhouse of the Bonneville Dam, 40 miles east of Portland, on the Columbia River.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Chances are your utility bill has gone up this year. One small part of the reason may be that you’re paying for electricity that was never generated. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty takes a look at how Northwest electricity customers got saddled with more than $2.5 million in payments for power they didn’t use.

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Flood, Fish, and Farmers
5:14 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Flash Floods Create Unusual Problem For Farmers, Fish

An example of a salmon screen that has become muddy due to recent flooding.
Credit Danny Didricksen / Earthfix

Flash floods this August swept mud, debris, and ash through north central Washington. All that gunk has created an unusual problem for farmers and migratory fish.

Farmers usually install screens on the end of irrigation pipes to prevent clogs. Those screens also keep fish from being sucked out of the water and into farmers’ fields. But fish screens do little good when they get inundated with debris and mud.

Danny Didricksen is with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He said crews have been working non-stop to help unclog fish screens.

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Water Quality & Fish
5:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Water Quality Plan

The federal government says people eat fish about once a month, rainbow trout is a common catch for fisherman and is found throughout the northwest.
Credit Roger Tabor (USFWS) / Flickr

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has just released a new plan to improve water quality in the state. One measure of how clean your water is, is how much of its fish you can safely eat.

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Raven Killing
5:13 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Environmentalists See Chance To Quash Idaho Raven-Killing Experiment

A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year as state wildlife managers had hoped. The idea is to stop the ravens from eating the eggs of the imperiled sage grouse. Conservation groups call it a ridiculous scheme. An online petition against the plan has received more than 60,000 signatures.

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Columbia River
8:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Federal Government Finds Harmful Contaminants In Columbia River Fish

What you pour down your drain could be hurting fish and wildlife populations on the Columbia River – and possibly people too.

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Fukushima Radiation
8:40 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Which Has More Radiation? Albacore Tuna Or Your Basement?

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was destroyed by the earthquake that hit Japan in 2011. Radiation has made its way into the Pacific Ocean, raising concerns about exposure to Cesium-134 and 137. 

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Mercury in Fish
5:24 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

New Study: Mercury Found In Sport Fish In Remote Northwest Lakes

Scientists have found mercury in fish caught in some of the most remote water bodies of the West.
Credit Kasper Sorensen / Flickr

Scientists have found mercury in fish caught in some of the most remote water bodies of the West. Mercury is a neurotoxin that is especially harmful to pregnant women and children.

A new study looked at mercury levels in fish sampled from 21 national parks around the West.

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Hatchery Fish
5:51 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Court Orders Agencies To Consider Fewer Hatchery Fish For The Elwha

A plan to restore fish runs in the Elwha River includes releasing more than 7 million hatchery salmon and steelhead.
Credit Roger Tabor / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Crews are finishing the largest dam removal in history on the Elwha River. It's on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. A plan to restore fish runs there includes releasing more than 7 million hatchery salmon and steelhead.

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Shellfish Ban
4:46 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

China Wants Better Testing For Arsenic In US Shellfish Exports

For the first time, US officials reported on recent meetings in Beijing to discuss China's ban on shellfish imports from most of the West Coast.
Credit timbu / Flickr

For the first time, U.S. officials reported on recent meetings in Beijing to discuss China's ban on shellfish imports from most of the West Coast.

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Guns & Wildlife
6:09 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How More People Buying Guns Equals More Money For Wildlife

The Pittman-Robertson Act sets an excise tax on rifles, pistols, bullets, and archery equipment to help pay for maintaining healthy wildlife populations.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The run on firearms last year is turning into a windfall for conservation programs in the Northwest. 

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