Tag Archives: Columbia River

Abandoned boats along Portland waterways receive long-awaited attention

Since the start of a new funding cycle on July 1, public agencies have ramped up efforts to clear abandoned and derelict vessels from Multnomah County waterways – which number close to 150 at last count. Source: Abandoned boats along Portland waterways receive long-awaited attention

Tribes Release 1st Salmon Into Upper Columbia Since Dam Construction

Salmon are now swimming in the upper Columbia River for the first time in decades. For tribes, Friday’s ceremonial fish release is a big step toward catching fish in traditional waters. Cheers erupted from the crowd as the first salmon was released since 1955 into the Columbia River above Chief Joseph Dam. It was the first of 30 […]
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Riverkeeper holds community forum on Bradford Island cleanup

Forty-five people gathered Tuesday evening in Cascade Locks at the “Forgotten Toxic Waste Dump” community forum hosted by environmental nonprofit Columbia Riverkeeper. Speakers included Lauren Goldberg, legal and program director for Riverkeeper; Rebecca Hillwig, natural resource specialist with the Oregon Health Authority; and Rebeccah Winnier, owner of Northwest Fish Hogs and a Yakama Nation tribal […]
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New salmon agreement could impact Columbia River treaty

The impact of a new agreement between native tribes and the Canadian government to restore salmon to the upper reaches of the Columbia River will depend on how the fish are managed, says the director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The Syilx Okanagan, Ktunaxa and Secwepemc Indigenous Nations, Canada and British Columbia recently […]
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Bradford Island Cleanup | Border Facilities | National Guard | Trucker School  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

For over 40 years, a stretch of the Columbia River along Bradford Island has been polluted with toxic chemicals. The Oregon DEQ says locally caught, resident fish are not safe to eat, but some local residents and fishermen are eating the fish anyway. The Oregon Army National Guard is deploying 1,400 soldiers to five different […]
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District Commander Visits West Coast Dredging Project

Last week, the Army Corps’ Portland District Commander, Col. Aaron Dorf, took a tour of a dredging project near Wauna, Oregon. The commander went aboard the Bayport, a contract hopper dredge removing sediment up and down the West Coast. Source: District Commander Visits West Coast Dredging Project – Dredging Today

On Friday Night, Two Swimmers Disappeared in the Waters Where the Columbia and Willamette Rivers Meet

Both men went missing in the Columbia River, near popular beaches where strong currents can quickly overwhelm swimmers. One man drowned and another is missing in separate swimming mishaps near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers Friday night. Source: On Friday Night, Two Swimmers Disappeared in the Waters Where the Columbia and Willamette […]
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Bonneville faces promise and perils in changing markets

When workers started pulling apart the three largest hydroelectric units in North America — capable of supplying more than enough power for all of Seattle — they found the damage far worse than expected. They encountered large cracks, worn-out bearings and a defect in a critical weld that, if left in place, could fail, unleashing […]
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Feds Say Hanford’s PUREX Plant Is Degrading, Needs Stabilizing Soon

A new federal report says that a massive building at the Hanford Nuclear Site is worse off than managers thought. The so-called PUREX — Plutonium Uranium Extraction — plant isn’t clean. Starting in 1956 the plant processed loads of plutonium. Its walls are up to 6 feet thick, and it’s as long as three football fields. Source: […]
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Umatilla County takes over Columbia River water interest from NOWA

An interest in Columbia River water that could potentially supply the former Umatilla Chemical Depot is changing hands from the Northeast Oregon Water Association to Umatilla County. “This is one of those projects that will be able to sustain economic development in Umatilla County for years to come,” commissioner John Shafer said. Source: Umatilla County […]
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