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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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