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The Columbia River Gorge Commission last week adopted needed revisions to the Management Plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to improve protection of this nationally significant landscape.
With sunny weather and consistent high river flows boosting catch numbers in the lower river, the Columbia River mainstem from the Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco will close to sockeye salmon and steelhead fishing earlier than previously scheduled, state fishery managers announced.
The WDFW issued a fishing rule change on Thursday, allowing sockeye retention and reducing the steelhead daily limit in portions of the Columbia River.
Washington state officials say after two months of closures because of concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the state’s coastal waters are set to reopen for fishing on Tuesday
The Columbia River Salmon Fishery Policy Workgroup will hold a virtual public meeting later this month to continue its work reviewing the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s policy on salmon management in the Columbia River basin. The workgroup, made up of three commission members, will meet May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting will be conducted via webinar in response to continued concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The public will be able to view the meeting online and provide testimony, according to a WDFW news release.
By delaying a new Columbia River agreement with Canada, the State Department is not only costing the Northwest valuable carbon-free power, it is also jeopardizing the health and safety of U.S. citizens who live in floodplains along the river.
Business leaders from some of Idaho’s smallest towns located along some of its best salmon and steelhead rivers are telling the federal government that angling is vital to their economies and steps must be taken to preserve the hard-fighting fish.
The renegotiation of the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty is an opportunity to reimagine and reshape relationships, not only with our northern neighbors, but also with the river itself.
Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon, highlights difficulties facing ships where river meets the ocean.
If we are going to find an agreement on the Columbia River Treaty for the future that both countries can live with, Americans and Canadians need to understand and value all of the interests at hand, including those of their neighbors across the border.
The Hanford nuclear reservation is expanding its capacity to clean chemical and radioactive contamination from the groundwater. “That will reduce the time needed to clean up the groundwater,” said Mike Cline, the Department of Energy project director for cleanup of soil and groundwater at Hanford. “The more water we can treat, the quicker we can complete total cleanup.”
Washington state has dealt a setback to efforts to build one of the world’s biggest methanol plants on the Columbia River.
Two Pacific Northwest tribes are demanding the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. The Lummi and Yakama nations said Monday that the U.S. government was in violation of a treaty from 1855 when it built the concrete dams on the lower Columbia River, destroying important native fishing sites and the migration of salmon. The three dams are a critical part of a complex hydroelectric network in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that powers the region.
Grain barges are again flowing on the Columbia River after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fixed a broken lock on the Bonneville Dam sooner than expected.
Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing, with the exception of the Hanford Reach.
Officials say barges carrying wheat, wood and other goods will remain at a standstill for the rest of the month while workers repair a critical navigation lock at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.
One of two ways that Pacific Northwest farmers get their wheat to export in Portland has been shut down after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped barge traffic on the Columbia River around the Bonneville Dam after a crack was found on a critical part of one of its massive locks.
The Salmon Cannon, an invention of Seattle-based Whooshh Innovations, will debut to the public on the Columbia River on Tuesday.
A series of accidents on the Columbia River ferries prompted the Spokane Daily Chronicle editorial page to call for “radical and quick action in devising safer methods for transportation across the river.”
Dr. J.B. Crain of Pasco put on diving gear and personally assisted in the search for the body of his wife, who drowned in a ferry accident on the Columbia River north of Kettle Falls.