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A Ladder To Help Lamprey Swim Upstream

Mar 17, 2014

Pacific lamprey will now be able to more easily swim past the McNary Lock and Dam on the Columbia River. Dam managers have installed new lamprey passage system -– the first of its kind for the toothy, eel-like fish.

Pacific lamprey numbers have dropped dramatically in the past 25 years. No one is really sure why – but fish biologists suspect difficulty swimming upstream is partly to blame.

British Columbia has staked out a negotiating position on a cross-border water treaty that puts it at odds with public utilities and ratepayers in the U.S. Northwest.

In central Washington, state officials and farmers are scrambling to save orchards at risk of drying up because of a drawdown of the Columbia River.

Flickr Photo/Washington State Dept of Transportation (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with OPB Salem reporter Chris Lehman and KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the end of the Columbia River Crossing bridge project. Also Austin discusses what to expect as the Washington State Legislature wraps up its session this Thursday.

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Steve Scher talks with Dan Roby, wildlife ecology professor at the Oregon State University, about a plan to relocate a colony of salmon-eating Caspian terns from the mouth of the Columbia River.

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Steve Scher talks with Northwest News Network reporter Anna King about what lies ahead for the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River. On Friday, inspectors discovered a 65-foot underwater crack in the dam.

When it comes to the many underground tanks at Hanford filled with radioactive sludge, just how much do we know? U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says not enough.

Dam operators are struggling to find a solution for a major underwater crack in the Wanapum Dam. It spans the Columbia River in central Washington near Vantage.

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on the latest version of a plan to fund a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued three permits for the coal export terminal that Ambre Energy wants to build on the Columbia River in the Eastern Oregon town of Boardman.

In the Northwest, Native Americans have caught and traded fish along the banks of the Columbia River for eons. Nowadays, natives sell just-caught fish out of coolers roadside.

Feds Stand By Current Dam, Salmon Plan For Columbia

Jan 21, 2014

The federal government is standing by its previous plans for managing the Columbia River to prevent the extinction of its salmon and steelhead. That means little would change for dam operations on the West's biggest river -- but only if it wins court approval.

Flickr Photo/Sam Beebe

The worst-case environmental scenario at an oil terminal on the lower Columbia River means 3.8 million gallons of crude spilling into sensitive wildlife habitat and shutting down a public drinking water intake, according to a draft response plan facility managers filed with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.