Tag Archives: Columbia River

Yakama Nation Demands Accountability For Columbia River Sewage Spills

Members of the Yakama Nation say they want a seat at the table with local officials, environmental regulators and those responsible for spills in the Columbia River. Turning to face the water behind her, Roxanne White recalled her ancestors’ memories of the Columbia River. “At one point, if you can imagine, they would say you could walk […]
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Oregon finds Rainier sewage treatment plant in violation of state laws

Rainier’s sewage treatment plant has violated seven state environmental laws over the past few years, according to a report the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality sent to the city last week. Among the most serious allegations are that the city falsified monthly reports about sewer plant operations to the DEQ and that city discharged raw […]
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Reject Republicans’ plan to allow invasive species in the Columbia: Guest opinion

In a single year, ships plying the Columbia River have dumped more than a billion gallons of ballast water into the river. Because more than 80 percent of the river’s ship traffic comes from hundreds of foreign ports it’s an unavoidable fact that their ballast waters contain non-native species and even disease-causing microbes. Source: Reject Republicans’ plan to allow […]
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Don Orange Wins Vancouver Port Race In Referendum On Oil Terminal

Don Orange will be the next Port of Vancouver commissioner. His victory is likely a death knell for a massive oil terminal that’s been proposed at the port for years. Don Orange will be the next Port of Vancouver commissioner. Initial results Tuesday night show Orange won 64.58 percent, beating candidate Kris Greene. Source: Don […]
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Washington state must reconsider Longview coal-terminal lease

A judge says Washington state improperly denied a sublease request, a ruling that now gives the proposed Longview coal-export terminal a boost. Developers of a proposed coal-export terminal in Longview got a boost Friday from a Cowlitz County judge who ruled in their favor in a legal battle with Washington state. Superior Court Judge Stephen […]
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States seek candidates for fishery advisory groups

Committees provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues. Oregon and Washington state fishery managers are looking for candidates for advisory committees that provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Each term is for three years, beginning in 2018. The groups meet two to four times a year […]
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Columbia dredging keeps open last interstate ferry between Oregon, Washington

Corps has overseen maintenance of the channel for Wahkiakum County’s ferry since 1994. Eric Ferguson is one of three full-time captains with Wahkiakum County who ferry about 80,000 people a year between Puget Island, Washington, and Westport on the Oscar B, the only remaining interstate ferry on the Columbia River. Running perpendicular to the flow […]
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One more day for sturgeon retention

Oregon and Washington have approved one more day for sturgeon retention on the Columbia River from the Wauna power lines to Bonneville Dam. Anglers are getting one more day Saturday to keep sturgeon caught on the Columbia River from the Wauna power lines to Bonneville Dam. The extra day was approved Friday by Oregon and […]
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Sampson: Clean Energy Jobs will help rural communities and tribes – Columnists 

As a fishery biologist, I have worked on Columbia River salmon restoration for more than 30 years. As an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, I grew up on the reservation hunting elk and deer and fishing for salmon. My work has involved studying changes to our river system. The […]
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Another 80,000 gallons of raw sewage released into Columbia River

In a mere 15 minutes, about 80,000 gallons of feces, urine and laundry waste rushed into the Columbia River on Wednesday. The untreated sewage release occurred between 10:42 and 10:57 a.m. while a contractor was calibrating pumps at Vancouver’s Westside Wastewater Treatment facility. The release was initially believed to be closer to 100,000 gallons, but […]
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