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  • Editorial: Don’t allow litigation to divert wise use of Columbia basin water

    In July 2012, The Spokesman-Review editorialized enthusiastically in support of new ways of paying for major irrigation system expansions in the Columbia Basin. Enthusiastically, and prematurely.

  • Farmers may soon get surface water

    Surface water may be as close as ever for some Columbia Basin farmers who have been watching their groundwater slip away. The state Department of Ecology has water rights in …

  • Five-year plan to clean Columbia basin toxins

    State, federal and tribal leaders pledged support Thursday for restoring Columbia River watersheds through programs that reduce toxic compounds in the water. The nation’s fourth-largest river basin contains mercury, PCBs, …

  • U.S. may limit fish hatcheries on Columbia

    PORTLAND – Federal biologists will recommend four options for dealing with salmon hatchery programs that feed into the Columbia River Basin, the toughest of which would pull federal dollars from …

  • Salmon plan boosts protection, administration says

    The Obama administration says it will be more aggressive in protecting declining Pacific Northwest salmon runs and will study breaching some dams as a last resort in a long-awaited management …



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