Dam Management
6:20 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Feds Stand By Current Dam, Salmon Plan For Columbia

For more than 20 years, salmon advocates and supporters of hydroelectric dams have fought in court over the salmon and Steelhead protection plan.
Credit Ann Larie Valentine/Flickr

The federal government Friday said its plan to protect the Columbia River’s endangered salmon and steelhead is working. That means little would change for dam operations on the West's biggest river.

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Fragile Fossils
7:04 am
Tue January 7, 2014

How A 3D Printer Helped Preserve A Sabertooth Salmon

The university scanned the fossil and then sent the image to a 3D-printer.
Credit mrdavisdc/Flickr

For years paleontologists have searched for a way to duplicate fragile fossils without damaging them. Now scientists with the University of Oregon say 3D printing is the secret.

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Hatchery Fish
5:20 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Proposed Plan Would Stop Release Of Hatchery Fish In Sections Of Lower Columbia Tributaries

Fish and Wildlife departments in Oregon, Washington and Idaho release millions of hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead into the rivers of the Northwest every year.
Credit M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public to comment on a new fish management plan. The plan would eliminate the release of hatchery-raised fish in three tributaries to the lower Columbia River.

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Northwest Salmon
5:06 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Study: More Salmon May Survive The Ocean Than Previously Thought

Credit U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

When Columbia River salmon reach the ocean, they may swim off in different directions than previously thought. that could require new thinking on how many fish are surviving their journey to the sea.

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Dog Salmon Poisoning
4:48 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Bumper Salmon Runs Don't Mix With Dogs

Colby Otero Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:46 pm

Fishermen around the Northwest are enjoying some exceptional salmon runs this autumn. Puget Sound is teeming with pink salmon and there's a record-breaking fall Chinook run in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

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Columbia River Treaty
4:51 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Regional Players Divided On How To Renegotiate Columbia River Treaty

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 4:48 pm

Two federal agencies are recommending that a 50-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Canada be renegotiated to give Northwest electricity ratepayers and salmon a better deal.

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Columbia Dams and Salmon
5:55 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Feds Say Dams Are Working Fine For Columbia Salmon

Not much would change for dam operations on the Columbia River under the federal government’s new draft plan for protecting endangered salmon and steelhead.
Credit USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

Not much would change for dam operations on the Columbia River under the federal government’s new draft plan for protecting endangered salmon and steelhead.

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Out-Dated Dam in Tacoma
6:58 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Out-Dated Dam Killing Thousands Of Fish Near Tacoma

Right now there are tens of thousands of salmon - including endangered species - dying at the base of an out-dated dam on the White River east of Tacoma. The Buckley Diversion Dam is blocking their homeward journey to spawn in the Mt. Rainier watershed. Local tribes say the federal government is failing in its responsibility to transport the fish around the dams on this river.

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Northwest Salmon
4:36 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

New Transboundary Salmon Recovery Effort Launched

Salmon populations in the northwest have been in decline for the last 30 years.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Leaders on salmon research and recovery from the U. S. and Canada came together in Seattle Wednesday to announce a new research effort. It’s called the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project.

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Oregon Farmers
7:33 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Southern Oregon Farmers Suing To Prevent Water Release

Klamath River Canyon as seen from an overlook near Weyerhaeuser Road.
Credit ex_magician

Farmers in southern Oregon are suing to block the release of additional water from the Trinity River to the Klamath River. The discharge next week by the federal Bureau of Reclamation is meant to prevent a fish kill of Klamath River salmon. The agency finalized its plans Wednesday and that’s what prompted the lawsuit from farmers.

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