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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Pacific Lamprey eels
6:37 am
Fri July 26, 2013

How Pacific Lamprey Could Help Nourish Streams

Eva Carl with a dead Pacific Lamprey eel, which has been attracting the attention macro-invertebrates to Northwest Streams. These macro-invertebrates are essential to algae growth in the stream, which will help keep the creeks healthy.
Credit Courtney Flatt

Pacific lamprey are toothy eels that were once plentiful in the Northwest. Many considered them trash fish, but they are an important staple to Native American diets and ceremonies. Lamprey numbers have greatly declined in the past few decades. Now there is a push to understand more about the eels, so more can be harvested for tribal tables.

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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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Dam Turbines
6:17 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Research Helps Design Fish-Friendlier Turbines

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researcher John Stephenson observes the pressure tanks. Researchers are using chambers to figure out how improve fish survival rates
Credit Photo courtesy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

When salmon swim through dam turbines, the changes in pressure can be catastrophic to their bodies. Researchers are trying to figure out how improve fish survival rates. And the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is paying attention. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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NOAA Collaboration
7:24 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NOAA Hopes to Foster Ideas and Future Collaboration

Chinook salmon spawning in a river.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Environmentalists, farmers and irrigators could play a bigger role in creating long term management policies for Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. The government has asked two university programs in Oregon and Washington to act as mediators over the next six months, talking with more than 200 organizations, states and tribes in order to find a better way of managing fish.

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Northwest Salmon
6:37 am
Wed December 12, 2012

NOAA Asks for Input From NW Salmon Stakeholders

Sockeye salmon swim the final leg of the journey to Redfish Lake in Idaho.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Environmentalists in the Northwest are being offered an expanded role in shaping the long-term recovery plan for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Idaho Salmo
6:40 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Working for Idaho's Extinct Coho Salmon

Nez Perce fishery employees work through Coho at the Lapwai Creek weir.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz

The Northwest’s declining salmon runs have spurred marathon legal battles and inspired billions in spending to save the iconic species.

But Idaho’s coho salmon were never listed as endangered before they went extinct in 1987. Very few people noticed when the fish were gone. But the Nez Perce Indian tribe noticed. And thanks to its extraordinary efforts, coho are once again returning by the thousands to Idaho waters.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Climate Change Effecting Fish
6:04 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Study: Climate Change Means Harsh Stream Conditions For Fish

In Northwest streams, high temperatures and low flow levels are creating harsh conditions for fish. That’s the finding of a new study.

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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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