Columbia River http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Tribes Optimistic About Returning Salmon To Upper Columbia Basin http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tribes-optimistic-about-returning-salmon-upper-columbia-basin <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/042414TB_Salmon_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Hydropower dams built without fish ladders have blocked migratory fish from the upper reaches of the Columbia and Snake Rivers for decades.<p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:32:00 +0000 Tom Banse 44117 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tribes Optimistic About Returning Salmon To Upper Columbia Basin Army Corps To Kill Birds At Snake And Columbia River Dams http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/army-corps-kill-birds-snake-and-columbia-river-dams <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers this spring will begin killing birds at some Snake and Columbia river dams to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead.</p><p>The agency unveiled a plan Thursday that will allow as many as 1,200 California gulls, 650 ring-billed gulls and 150 double-crested cormorants to be killed.</p><p><a href="http://www.lmtribune.com" target="_blank">The Lewiston Tribune</a> says the action will occur at McNary Dam on the Columbia River and Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams on the Snake River.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:51:07 +0000 Associated Press 42527 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Army Corps To Kill Birds At Snake And Columbia River Dams Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fish-experts-plan-salmon-water-slide-cracked-wanapum-dam <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/032014AK_Wanapum_salmon_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The ongoing issue with the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is now creating a problem for migrating salmon.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Anna King 42091 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tribes-push-restore-salmon-upper-columbia-river <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031814TB_GrandCoulee_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Once upon a time, salmon and steelhead swam over a thousand miles upriver to the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, at the foot of the Rockies in British Columbia.<p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:56:00 +0000 Tom Banse 41976 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River Worried Washington Farmers Plead For Help To Water Fruit Trees http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/worried-washington-farmers-plead-help-water-fruit-trees <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031414AK_Wanapum_Wenatchee_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Anna King 41700 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Worried Washington Farmers Plead For Help To Water Fruit Trees Wanapum Dam River Drawdown Churns Up More Old Bones http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/wanapum-dam-river-drawdown-churns-more-old-bones <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031314AK_Wanapum_Bonesfeature_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are reporting the discovery of a second set of human remains near the cracked </span>Wanapum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam on the Columbia River in Eastern Washington state.</span><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Anna King 41655 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Wanapum Dam River Drawdown Churns Up More Old Bones Old Questions About Newly-Exposed Bones On Columbia River Shore http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/old-questions-about-newly-exposed-bones-columbia-river-shore <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031114AK_Wanapum_Bones_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Grant County officials and Native Americans are patrolling round the clock to keep sacred and sensitive sites protected on miles of exposed Columbia River shoreline.<p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:17:00 +0000 Anna King 41545 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Old Questions About Newly-Exposed Bones On Columbia River Shore Columbia River Drawdown Continues To Take Pressure Off Wanapum Dam http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/columbia-river-drawdown-continues-take-pressure-wanapum-dam <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030314AK_Wanapumupdate_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Water behind the Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash., is being drawn down 26 feet to relieve pressure on the big crack in the structure.<p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:54:00 +0000 Anna King 41098 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Columbia River Drawdown Continues To Take Pressure Off Wanapum Dam New Plan To Protect Salmon Doesn’t Consider Breaching Dams http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/new-plan-protect-salmon-doesn-t-consider-breaching-dams <p>The<a href="http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/hydropower/fcrps/2014_supplemental_fcrps_biop_final.pdf" target="_blank"> federal government's management plan</a> for protecting salmon and steelhead killed by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:33:57 +0000 Associated Press 38729 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org New Plan To Protect Salmon Doesn’t Consider Breaching Dams Putting The Spa in Spawn: Tribe Creates Refuge For Exhausted Fish http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/putting-spa-spawn-tribe-creates-refuge-exhausted-fish <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/10/102313AK_FishSpa_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Yakama Nation’s steelhead reconditioning program is like a retreat spa for fish. And it's changing the circle of life for the species.<p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:27:00 +0000 Anna King 34379 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Putting The Spa in Spawn: Tribe Creates Refuge For Exhausted Fish Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/warning-some-columbia-river-fish-not-safe-eat <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/092313AK_Columbiafish_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.<p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Anna King 32818 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat Columbia River Transmission Project In Limbo After Ancient Art Discovery http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/columbia-river-transmission-project-limbo-after-ancient-art-discovery <p>Northwest history is colliding with the need to upgrade the region’s electric transmission grid. It’s happening on a windblown patch of riverfront property at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.</p><p>The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to<a href="http://efw.bpa.gov/environmental_services/Document_Library/Big_Eddy-Knight/" target="_blank"> build a new transmission line </a>across that land. But conflicts over historical preservation have increased the cost of the project to $185 million and stalled progress for more than a year.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Colin Fogarty 30131 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Columbia River Transmission Project In Limbo After Ancient Art Discovery Proposed Columbia River Crude Oil Shipping Terminal Would Be Largest In The Northwest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/proposed-columbia-river-crude-oil-shipping-terminal-would-be-largest-northwest <p>Oil refiner Tesoro and a terminal operating company named Savage detailed plans Thursday for the biggest crude oil shipping terminal to be proposed in the Northwest. It would be located on the Columbia River at the Port of Vancouver, Washington.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:48:26 +0000 Tom Banse 28074 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Proposed Columbia River Crude Oil Shipping Terminal Would Be Largest In The Northwest Tribal-Owned Retail Fish Shop Set To Open On Columbia River http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tribal-owned-retail-fish-shop-set-open-columbia-river <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/061313AK_Fishstore_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>For thousands of years, Northwest tribes have used the Columbia River as a regional center of commerce. For the first time this summer, they’re building a new venue for their ancient tradition – a native-owned seafood shop.<p><strong>Fresh catch</strong><p>A silvery shad slips into an icy bath. Its tail flashes twice as it descends deeper into the chilly water. The fish was netted from the Columbia just moments ago. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:00:33 +0000 Anna King 27487 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tribal-Owned Retail Fish Shop Set To Open On Columbia River School Brings Back Swim Requirement After Pool Tragedy http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/school-brings-back-swim-requirement-after-pool-tragedy <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/052013JR_SwimRequirement_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A tragedy in Wenatchee, Wash., is prompting educators there to bring back a high school aquatics program. Starting this fall, high school freshmen in the central Washington city will have to demonstrate they know how to swim.<p>Formal swimming lessons in Wenatchee had gone by the wayside, as is frequently the case lately in public schools. Tue, 21 May 2013 19:29:07 +0000 Jessica Robinson 25977 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org School Brings Back Swim Requirement After Pool Tragedy Study: Aquifers Draining Quickly, Less In Pacific Northwest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-aquifers-draining-quickly-less-pacific-northwest <p></p><p>A new study says the nation’s aquifers are shrinking at an alarming rate The problem is not as bad in the Northwest, thanks to an abundance of rivers and streams. But even here, aquifers are shrinking.</p><p>Think of all the water in Lake Erie. Then double it. That’s how much water has drained since 1900 from aquifers in the U.S. When these underground water bodies shrink, it means less water for cities, farms and streams.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:22:59 +0000 Courtney Flatt 25952 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Aquifers Draining Quickly, Less In Pacific Northwest How To Clean Up A Crude Oil Spill From Trains http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-clean-crude-oil-spill-trains <div id="full_story"><p></p><p>Pacific Northwest refineries have been getting their crude oil for years from tankers and pipelines. Last September, trains began shipping crude oil into the region by rail.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 17:43:16 +0000 Courtney Flatt 25327 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How To Clean Up A Crude Oil Spill From Trains Columbia River Treaty Public Meetings Begin in Spokane http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/columbia-river-treaty-public-meetings-begin-spokane <p></p><p>A decades-long treaty between the United States and Canada will soon be up for renewal. It governs power management and flood control in the Columbia River Basin. Next year is the first time in 50 years either country can end or revise the treaty.</p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bonneville Power Administration kicked off a series of public meetings in Spokane Wednesday. The agencies are gathering public input about the treaty’s future.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:31:29 +0000 Courtney Flatt 23878 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Columbia River Treaty Public Meetings Begin in Spokane Preparing For Zebra Mussels In The Pacific Northwest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/preparing-zebra-mussels-pacific-northwest <p>Invasive zebra mussels could soon be heading toward the Pacific Northwest. So, researchers are working to protect and prepare the region’s waterways.</p><p>In the Great Lakes region, the mussels have caused $1 billion worth of damage. If zebra mussels make it to the Pacific Northwest, they could clog hydroelectric dams and irrigation systems, and damage salmon habitat.</p><p>So, researchers have received at $630,000 grant from Bonneville Power to figure out when and how zebra mussels will reach the Columbia River Basin.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:06:13 +0000 Courtney Flatt 23364 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Canadian Smelter Found Liable For U.S. Pollution http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/canadian-smelter-found-liable-us-pollution <p>A federal judge Friday found a Canadian smelter responsible for the millions of tons of pollutants it dumped into the Columbia River.</p><p>For nearly 100 years, smelter Teck Metals dumped pollutants into the Columbia River, less than 10 miles upstream from the U.S.-Canada border.</p><p>Over the years, close to 10 million tons of waste poured into the river. The waste, also called slag and slurry, contained mercury and other toxics.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:34:16 +0000 Courtney Flatt 18190 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org