Tag Archives: Columbia River

Not shipshape: Cleaning up after abandoned vessels sink is complicated

Cleaning up after abandoned vessels sink is complicated. By Monday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard had mostly finished overseeing the cleanup of fuel from the fishing vessel Western Skies, which still lay sunk on its side in a slip at the Warrenton Marina. More than 1,000 gallons of oily water mixture was removed from the […]
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Steelhead runs hit lowest number in decades

A study led by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is examining early mortality of juvenile steelhead once they hit the ocean. Summer steelhead returns are off to a dismal start in 2017, with 75 perfect fewer fish than usual crossing Bonneville Dam so far this season. The latest research suggests a big part […]
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Irrigators want investigation of fish management

Temperatures were high and flows were low in the Columbia-Snake river system in the spring of 2015, yet fisheries managers ignored requests by NOAA to begin barging juvenile salmon and steelhead downriver, an irrigator group argues in seeking an investigation. The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association is calling for an investigation of actions by fisheries managers […]
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Salmon, Dams And Climate Change | Drug Bill – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A new series in the Idaho Statesman explores the relationship between salmon in the Pacific Northwest, dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers and climate change. Reporter Rocky Barker tells us what he’s learned. House Bill 2355, recently passed by the Oregon Legislature, reduces the penalty for possession of small amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and […]
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Fate Of Pacific Northwest Orcas Tied To Having Enough Columbia River Salmon

What does the next decade hold for killer whales that share the Puget Sound with millions of people and just a fraction of the salmon that historically were the beloved sea mammals; main food source. Editor’s note: Research, tenacious advocates and $16 billion have lifted Columbia salmon from the brink of extinction. But the Northwest has […]
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Legal Battle Drives Dam Managers To Extraordinary Salmon Research

As a 20-year lawsuit drags on, federal dam managers need to prove to the court that habitat restoration is actually working to save salmon. And that’s no small task. On a research boat on the Columbia River, Laurie Weitkamp with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grabs two buckets filled with water and about a […]
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Oil tanker runs aground near Skamokawa

An oil tanker ran aground near Skamokawa, Washington, Thursday morning. The Argent Cosmos lost the use of a fuel pump and ran aground around 6:30 a.m. before notifying the U.S. Coast Guard. The Panamanian-flagged tanker is carrying 1.63 million gallons of ethanol, 6.65 million gallons of glycol, 458,074 gallons of high-sulfur oil and 99,064 gallons […]
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Our view: Oil-by-rail project carries too much risk – Editorials 

The Astoria City Council should join other cities in opposition. Should Astoria city councilors add their voice to oppose a proposed oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver that environmentalists say could threaten the health of the Columbia River estuary? On the surface, it appears to be an easy project to oppose, But digging a […]
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Our view: Chemical plant fails the sniff test – Editorials

This famous line from 1967’s “The Graduate” comes to mind when pondering one of the latest large industrial developments planned for the Lower Columbia River: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. … Plastics.” In that far simpler time 50 years ago, it was plausible to suggest to a fresh […]
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OUR VIEW: Still an issue after all these years — Opinion

There is no doubt that Oregon continues to display a public records access problem, and the latest example involves the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Last month, an environmental advocate sought what was, and is, clear-cut information — how much pollution was spewing into the Columbia River from 17 cities and business along the waterway’s banks. […]
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