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Republicans criticize spilling dam water to help salmon

Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge's order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April 3, and a push by environmentalists to remove the four dams...

Ahlquist clarifies breaching dams stance after forum

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist's campaign said Friday the Republican businessman has always been against breaching dams along the Snake River despite not stating that position when asked at a recent sportsmen's forum. In an opinion piece published earlier this week, Ahlquist said he would fight to protect Idaho's waters for farmers...

Bill in Congress seeks to block breaching of Snake River dams

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in Congress that seeks to prevent the breaching of the four Snake River dams in eastern Washington state. The bill would keep in place the Federal Columbia River Biological Opinion until 2022. That's a plan created by a collaboration of federal agencies, states and tribes to protect migrating salmon...

Environmental groups want work halted on Snake River dams

Environmental groups are asking a federal court to halt 11 infrastructure projects on four lower Snake River dams in Washington state that could ultimately be removed if a pending review determines the dams need to come out to help salmon, the AP reports. The 45-page notice filed late Monday in Portland...

Feds release recovery plan for Snake River salmon, steelhead

Changes in how dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers are operated are needed to improve migratory conditions for protected runs of Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead, federal officials say; a proposed recovery plan from the National Marine Fisheries Service also said habitat needs to be improved in tributaries where fish spawn and...

Dams’ demise draws school of dignitaries, enthusiasts

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – Unlike Eastern Washington, where talk of dam removal might be deemed fighting words, the removal of two dams on the Elwha River west of this port on the Juan de Fuca Strait are cause for celebration. A two-day science symposium at the local college. Art exhibits. Concerts. A film festival. Sunset cruises on the bay. A banquet sponsored by the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. Decks of playing cards that say “It’s a Big Dam Deal” on the back.

McDermott calls for review of salmon recovery

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott has called for a scientific analysis of the federal government’s Northwest salmon recovery effort, saying that most wild stocks remain at dangerously low levels despite the $8 billion spent on their recovery.