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Stories tagged: columbia river

UPDATED: Sun., March 19, 2017

Crews place boom to contain oil sheen on Columbia River

Crews have placed an oil absorbent boom on the Columbia River near Wenatchee to contain an oil-like substance that has gotten into the river.

Some fish-wildlife legislation still alive in Olympia

Of more than 2,700 bills introduced by the 2017 Washington Legislature, about 650 made it past the halfway cutoff and were still alive going into this week in Olympia.

UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017

Army misses deadline to explain how it took over Columbia shoreline

The U.S. Army missed its March 1 deadline to advise Congress on how it acquired 34 miles of Columbia River shoreline behind the McNary Dam.

Hanford project to keep uranium out of Columbia River

Work to keep uranium from leaching into the Columbia River at Hanford just north of Richland is being expanded after a test showed good results. Wells are being drilled now …

Tri-City levees, Snake dams get better safety ratings

The levees along the Columbia River in the Tri-Cities and two nearby Snake River dams have been reclassified to indicate a lower risk to the public. The levee system, Ice …

Coast Guard detains 2 Panama-flagged ships in Northwest rivers for safety issues

Officials say two Panama-flagged cargo ships have been detained on the Willamette and Columbia rivers because of safety issues.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

Environmental and fishing groups file suit over salmon

Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Another semi full of apples crashes into the Columbia River

A semi full of apples crashed into the Columbia River near Wenatchee Thursday, only days after another semi loaded with apples crashed into the river off State Route 243 in …

Nez Perce County officials oppose breaching of dams on Snake, Columbia rivers

The Nez Perce County Commission is adding its voice to other local agencies concerned about the effects of dam breaching on local social and economic issues.

Union Pacific’s lawsuit over Oregon rail expansion opposed by three groups

Three groups are seeking to oppose Union Pacific Railroad’s lawsuit involving a proposed rail expansion along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017

Oregon rejects gillnet fishing ban on Columbia River

Oregon officials have declined to ban gillnetting outright, putting the state at odds with neighboring Washington when it comes to managing protected salmon and steelhead.

Oregon to decide Friday on Columbia salmon reforms

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet here Friday to make its decision on the Columbia River salmon management reforms.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017

Grand Coulee Dam’s operators settle over allegations of oil releases into the Columbia River

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging operations at the Grand Coulee Dam polluted the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

Lewiston floats dam options

Even though the city of Lewiston has a raft of questions for the federal government indicating that dam breaching would cause massive and expensive headaches, city officials say they aren’t …

Snake River dam projects may be delayed

Salmon advocates are asking a judge to bar the federal government from making substantial investments to Snake River dams until a five-year review of the hydro system is complete.

Shielded Native American sites thrust into debate over breaching dams

A little-known federal program that avoids publicizing its accomplishments to protect from looters the thousands of Native American sites it’s tasked with managing has been caught up in a big …

Sportsmen to be asked to pay higher fees

Salmon and steelhead anglers in the Columbia River would pay 69 percent more in fees under the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s final hunting and fishing license increase proposals …

Kennewick Man must be returned to tribes within 90 days

The Ancient One is going home. One of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America will be given back to American Indian tribes in Washington state for …

Coast Guard seeks public’s help to find false mayday caller

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help to find someone who has made repeated false calls for help from near the mouth of the Columbia River.

Columbia salmon, endangered species on commission agenda

The Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions will decide in the next two months whether to implement fully in 2017 the biggest overhaul of Columbia River salmon policies in …

Columbia River salmon reforms could be decided soon

The Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions will decide in the next two months whether to implement fully in 2017 the biggest overhaul of Columbia River salmon policies in …

Crabbing halted from northern Oregon to California border

State agriculture officials in Oregon have shut down commercial and recreational crabbing in coastal waters from Tillamook Head along the northern coast to the California border because of high levels …

Natural gravel beaches protect dunes at Clatsop Spit

After spending millions trying to reinforce the jetties around the mouth of the Columbia River with large boulders, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has turned to natural gravel beaches …

Energy company drops plans for coal dock on Columbia River

An energy company has scrapped plans to build a coal dock on the Columbia River in eastern Oregon.

Snake River salmon, steelhead recovery plan released

Federal officials say 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 …

Hundreds expected for hearing on coal-export terminal

Hundreds of supporters and opponents are expected at a federal hearing Monday about a proposed coal-export terminal along the Columbia River in southwest Washington.

Fishing season ends early on Columbia River

Recreational fishing will end early on the Columbia River after fish populations were found to be smaller than expected.

Corps can continue killing salmon-eating cormorants, judge says

The killing of cormorants on the Columbia River to protect steelhead and salmon can continue despite a federal judge’s ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should have considered …

100 years ago on the Columbia River: Brothers’ canoe trip turns deadly

From our archives, 100 years ago The canoeing vacation of brothers George and Walter Roos of Portland ended in tragedy at the The Dalles.

Hiker dies in fall at Columbia River Gorge

Authorities say a hiker died after falling from a trail in the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland.