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Getting salmon above Grand Coulee Dam could lead to fishable population in the Spokane River, tribes say

Getting salmon and steelhead over Grand Coulee Dam could someday bring back a recreational fishery to the Spokane River, local tribes say.


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Citing costs, U.S. House votes to halt additional water spills for salmon

Breaching the four Lower Snake River Dams would require an act of Congress under legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today.


House backs bill to block spill of dam water to help salmon

The House has approved a bill that would effectively reverse a federal judge’s order to spill water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean.


Treaty Talk: Americans and Canadians discuss hopes for new Columbia River Treaty

Canadians and U.S residents had a frank discussion Tuesday about what they hope to see from the renegotiation of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty. Salmon, recreation, flood control and hydropower …


Study traces IHNV virus in salmon

Scientists have made a significant discovery about how a deadly virus infects juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. The finding could help hatchery managers protect their stock …


Washington argues salmon case in U.S. Supreme Court

Washington state argued to the Supreme Court on Wednesday that replacing hundreds of stream culverts blocking salmon migration is onerous and too expensive.


Replacing power produced by four Snake River dams feasible, study claims

The energy produced by the four lower Snake River dams could be replaced by a mix of other clean energy sources, according to a study


‘We’re losing’ sea lion fight

Just as crews from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission have for a number of years, Walsey, Bobby Begay and Reggie Sargeant patrolled the river just below Bonneville Dam on …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Court OKs boosting water spill to aid fish at Northwest dams

A U.S. appeals court on Monday affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to …


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 11:15 a.m.

From farms to salmon swamps in Svensen

Clatsop County and three private property owners along Bear, Mary’s and Ferris creeks, all tributaries of the slough, have partnered with the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce and Bonneville Power …


Poll shows Washington voters choose salmon over dams

The majority of Washington voters would rather see an increased wild salmon run than preserve four lower Snake River Dams, according to a


Idaho tribes want fish passage above Snake River dams, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

BOISE – Two southeastern Idaho tribes are seeking to intervene in a utility’s attempt to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project …


Environmental groups sue over survival of steelhead, chinook

Three environmental groups are suing the federal government over the decline in wild salmon and steelhead in the Upper Willamette watershed.


No more ‘Kings of the Columbia’: Chinook salmon much smaller, younger these days, study finds

They used to tip the scales at 80 pounds: June Hogs they were called. The kings of the Columbia River. But the big chinook that used to lumber up and …


State lawmakers look to phase Atlantic salmon net pens out of Puget Sound

Senate votes to phase out net pens with non-native species and Inslee says he supports the move.


State cancels lease at site of salmon net-pen collapse

Washington state officials on Sunday canceled a lease with Cooke Aquaculture Pacific at the site where net pens holding farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed last summer, releasing thousands of non-native fish …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6:40 p.m.

Major U.S. salmon producer fined $332K for farmed fish escape

The largest U.S. producer of farmed Atlantic salmon was fined $332,000 on Tuesday for alleged violations of Washington state water quality laws after hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon …


Lawsuit: Sawtooth Valley water diversions harming salmon

Nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley are harming federally protected salmon, steelhead and bull trout, an environmental group said in a lawsuit.


Industry makes pitch to keep net pens

Aquaculture companies that raise Atlantic salmon in the Puget Sound made an impassioned plea Thursday to keep their net pens and the jobs they support but critics say it’s time …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

Justices to hear Washington appeal of salmon habitat order

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Washington state’s culvert case this year, heating up a 17-year legal battle over the state’s duty to protect and restore salmon habitat as part …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:47 p.m.

Washington could end net pens for fish by 2024

Bill calls for extensive study of fish raised in net pens, could end the practice by 2024.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

WSU researchers discover shrinking gene pool among Chinook salmon populations

As Chinook salmon populations declined across the Pacific Northwest, scientists suspected the fish lost a great deal of genetic diversity, too. But until recently, the theory hadn’t been tested.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

Judge approves plan to release more water over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers

A United States District judge approved a plan on Monday to release more water over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

Judge OKs plan to boost spill at Columbia and Snake dams

A federal judge has signed off on a plan to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead.


Stagnant air causing health concerns in Salmon area

Idaho officials say air quality is in the unhealthy range in the east-central Idaho town of Salmon and surrounding area due to stagnant air that has elevated pollutant levels.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 10:22 a.m.

Negotiations to start next year on updating the Columbia River Treaty

Negotiations over the future of the Columbia River Treaty will start early next year between the U.S. and Canada. Changes to the treaty could impact Northwest electric rates, salmon survival …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

Inslee opposes House bill on Snake River dams and salmon

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is opposed to a bill introduced by Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers that would reduce spill over Columbia and Snake river dams, and prevent the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Documentary on canoe journey to Kettle Falls coming to Garland Theater

A documentary on the Upper Columbia tribes’ 2016 canoe journey to Kettle Falls will be shown Thursday at the Garland Theater.


1 million Atlantic salmon smolts headed to Puget Sound pens over state’s objections

State officials ask fish farming company to keep new salmon smolts out of the Puget Sound, but company says no.


Hanford Reach catch rate up slightly

The fishing wasn’t red hot, but anglers averaged 22 hours per chinook for 1.3 salmon per boat on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River last week. Fishing pressure was …