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News articles on Columbia River Basin salmon, lamprey, and other fishes as well as the tribal connection to these resources.
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Lamprey: bringing back an ancient species

Lamprey: bringing back an ancient species | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it
Once poisoned in Northwest streams and regarded by fish managers as “trash fish,” Pacific lamprey are crucial to tribal cultures and rivers.
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Bureau of Reclamation approves $5 billion integrated water plan

An ambitious and expensive plan to meet future Yakima River Basin water needs for people and fish has passed a milestone.

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Water squeeze in Oregon's Klamath Basin pits ranchers against tribes, both with strong ties to the land

SPRAGUE RIVER -- A summer evening on Jim and Caren Goold's  front porch. The river meanders through their cow pasture, a curly blue ribbon framed by foothills dotted with ponderosa pine. And, yes, the cattle are lowing.

 

It's about as pastoral as a scene gets. But the upper Klamath Basin, already three months into a drought emergency, is far from peaceful this summer.

 

Two parties with strong ties to the land, the upper basin ranchers and The Klamath Tribes, are pitted against each other for limited water, the latest skirmish in one of the nation's most persistent water wars. And deep historical divisions stand in the way of compromise.

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Sockeyes run strong, kings weak

Sockeyes run strong, kings weak | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

Sockeye runs throughout the state are picking up, and so far, fishermen are seeing more fishing opportunity than last summer.

 

By June 30, more than 1 million sockeyes had been harvested in the Kodiak Management Area, with 42,223 estimated to have been taken June 30.

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Klamath Tribes and federal government put out historic call for water rights in drought-stricken Klamath Basin

The Klamath Tribes and the federal government called their water rights in southern Oregon's Klamath Basin for the first time Monday, likely cutting off irrigation water to hundreds of cattle ranchers and farmers in the upper basin this summer.


The historic calls come after Oregon set water rights priorities earlier this year in the basin, home to one of the nation's most persistent water wars. Drought has cut water flows in upper basin rivers to 40 percent of normal.

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Will Hanford ever be cleaned up?

Will Hanford ever be cleaned up? | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

RICHLAND — A stainless-steel tank the size of a basketball court lies buried in the sandy soil of Southeastern Washington, an aging remnant of U.S. efforts to win World War II. The tank holds enough radioactive waste to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool. And it is leaking.

 

For 42 years, tank AY-102 has stored some of the deadliest material at one of the most environmentally contaminated places in the country: the Hanford nuclear reservation. This complex along the Columbia River holds a storied place in American history. It was here that workers produced the plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 — effectively ending World War II.

 
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Tribes Work to Maximize Columbia River Basin Steelhead

Tribes Work to Maximize Columbia River Basin Steelhead | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

OROFINO, Idaho — Steelhead in the Columbia River Basin are threatened. Current populations have dwindled to a fraction of the historic numbers a century ago. That has led two Northwest Indian Tribes to try something new to help this struggling fish survive.

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Preparing for Zebra Mussels in the PNW

Preparing for Zebra Mussels in the PNW | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University researchers received a $630,000 grant from the Bonneville Power Administration to protect the Columbia River Basin from zebra mussels. The invasive species has caused billions of dollars of damage in other areas of the country.

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PacifiCorp signs over 400 acres along Hood River for restoration, recreation

PacifiCorp signs over 400 acres along Hood River for restoration, recreation | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

PacifiCorp on Thursday signed over 400 acres of land along the Hood River to the Columbia Land Trust and Hood River County, a final step after the utility took down Powerdale dam in 2010.

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Oregon could ban genetically engineered fish, require labeling of genetically modified foods

Oregon could ban genetically engineered fish, require labeling of genetically modified foods | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

SALEM -- Oregon could become the first state in the nation to require the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients under several bills in the Legislature.

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20-mile-long smelt run moving up Columbia River

A mass of smelt at least 20 miles long is moving up the Columbia River, attracting thousands of birds and hundreds of sea lions and seals.

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Multnomah County releases review of coal train health effects

Multnomah County releases review of coal train health effects | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

Coal trains traveling throughMultnomah County to new export terminals in the Northwest would generate relatively small increases in diesel pollution and noise, a new review from the county's health department concludes.

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Looking to the Clouds For More Snow Now -- And More Hydropower Later · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Looking to the Clouds For More Snow Now -- And More Hydropower Later · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

BOISE, Idaho — In much of Idaho and parts of Oregon and Washington, you’ll find vast areas of dry arid desert. Water is the necessary component for life.

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The Trouble with Sea Lions

The Trouble with Sea Lions | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it
Sea Lions living above Bonneville Dam aren’t following usual patterns The Dalles Marina tenants aren’t expecting their close encounters with sea lions — or one sea lion in particular — to go away any time soon, particularly after a July 3 letter...
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Key wildlife refuge hit hard in Klamath Basin's water wars

STATE LINE ROAD -- Normally, the honks and calls of thousands of ducks, grebes and egrets clustering at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge make it hard to talk over the racket.

 

But conversation is easy this summer. The only sounds at the bird-watching deck come from trucks on the distant highway and a few twittering songbirds.

 

 The 54,000-acre refuge at the Oregon-California border hasn't had water delivered since March. The canals that supply it are empty. And the marshes for waterfowl traveling the Pacific Flyway have largely dried up, marking the earliest dry date in 70 years.

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Canada Defends Hydropower 'Entitlement' From U.S. Northwest

Here’s a little known fact that may affect your power bill: Every year, public utilities in the Northwest give British Columbia several hundred million dollars worth of electricity. That’s to compensate Canada for managing the upper Columbia River to minimize flooding and maximize hydropower downstream.

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Beekeeping groups ask EPA to revise pesticide approval

Beekeeping organizations have appealedapproval of the new pesticide Sulfoxaflor, which they believe is deadly to honey bees and other pollinators.

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in May approved Sulfoxaflor for use on multiple food and fiber crops and other plants. Crops on which the pesticide may be used include barley, wheat, strawberries, cotton, canola, nuts, beans and grass grown for seed.

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Oregon regulators issue first draft permits for coal export from the Northwest

Oregon regulators issue first draft permits for coal export from the Northwest | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

Oregon regulators Friday issued the first draft permits needed to allow coal export from the Northwest, giving an initial nod to Ambre Energy's plans to build an export terminal at the Port of Morrow along the Columbia River.

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Feds notify Washington, Oregon about risk of Hanford cleanup delays

YAKIMA — The federal government has notified officials in Washington and Oregon that it is at serious risk of missing two cleanup deadlines at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, the Energy Department said in a statement Friday.

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Dworshak fish hatchery gets credit for saving millions of salmon

Dworshak fish hatchery gets credit for saving millions of salmon | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it
AHSAHKA, ID - The Dworshak National Fish Hatchery was awarded Station of the Year, thanks to their quick thinking staff that saved 2.5 million spring Chinook salmon last summer.
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Federal plan to help wildlife adjust to climate change

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a nationwide plan to help wildlife adapt to threats from climate change.

Developed along with state and tribal authorities, the strategy seeks to preserve species as global warming alters their historical habitat and, in many cases, forces them to migrate across state and tribal borders.

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Hanford pink slips coming today

Hanford pink slips coming today | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it
YAKIMA — Pink slips went out Monday to nearly 250 workers — and more than 2,500 others were notified that they face furloughs of several weeks — at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, where cleanup is likely to be slowed because of...
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The Ones That Got Away -- Students Release Library-Reared Salmon

The Ones That Got Away -- Students Release Library-Reared Salmon | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

The salmon came to school as eggs back in January. They hatched and grew in an aquarium in the library.  So the first task was to catch them with a net there.

Students raised the salmon, and then released them  as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Salmon in the Classroom program.

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Klamath County Deals Political Setback to Dam Removal Plan · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Klamath County Deals Political Setback to Dam Removal Plan · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting | Columbia Basin Salmon News | Scoop.it

A deal that would restore fish habitat and remove four dams on the Klamath River has suffered a a political setback. The Klamath County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this week to pull out of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, or KBRA.

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Washington state weighing options for leaking Hanford tanks

OLYMPIA — Officials at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are considering a number of options to deal with six leaking waste tanks there, including covers over the tanks to prevent rainfall from getting into them, a state official told lawmakers Thursday

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