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Stories tagged: columbia river

Tribal fishery for fall chinook salmon opens, strong harvest expected

About 778,000 fall chinook are forecast to make their way up the Columbia River this year, according to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. That’s smaller than last summer, when …

Smelter must pay tribes’ legal bill, court says

The owner of a Canadian smelter must pay the Colville Tribes about $8.3 million for legal fees and environmental studies related to ongoing litigation over the smelter’s discharges into the …

Hot water poses ongoing threat to Columbia River salmon, groups say

Hot water is killing salmon in the reservoirs behind Columbia and Snake river dams, and the federal government must take action to prevent future die-offs of the Northwest’s iconic fish, …

Housing project proposed for tribal members living in substandard conditions on Columbia River

WHITE SALMON – When the home Johnny Jackson built himself caught fire, emergency responders discovered the lone fire hydrant at the Bureau of Indian Affairs managed tribal fishing site wasn’t …

Historic ferry returns to Astoria as tourist attraction

A ferry that once plied the Columbia River between Astoria and Washington state will soon be back in service as a tourist attraction.

State adopts ‘fish consumption rule’ after years of debate

Washington state regulators have adopted new clean-water rules tied partly to how much fish people eat, ending years of heated debate over how clean the state’s waters should be.

Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule …

Bull trout lawsuit targets 26 dams in Columbia River Basin

An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit contending that 26 dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are harming bull trout and violating the Endangered Species Act.

Slow progress seen on rupture-prone rail cars

Slow progress has been made on efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite numerous fiery derailments that prompted …

Group sues to force pollution disclosure at Grand Coulee Dam

An environmental group sued the federal agency that operates the nation’s largest hydropower producer Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state are polluting the Columbia River …

State shifting through comments on coal-export project

Environmental regulators in Washington are shifting through about 267,000 comments they received on a coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River near Longview.

West Coast states meet to share oil spill-response efforts

Washington and Oregon environmental regulators said Tuesday that regional coordination and planning exercises such as drills aided in their response to the fiery train derailment along the Columbia River earlier …

Tribes end canoe journey at Kettle Falls, celebrate hope of salmon’s return

Paddlers from the Colville, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Kootenai and Kalispel tribes arrived in dugout canoes at Kettle Falls on Friday after making journeys similar to the trips their ancestors might …

Field Reports: Sockeye surge flies in face of Columbia forecast

Sockeye salmon have been surging into the Columbia River in record numbers.

Paddlers from the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Colville tribes meet at confluence

The Colville Confederated Tribes’ dugout canoe was getting some adjustments Sunday night on a beach near the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers. The cedar canoe was made in …

Oil removed from train that derailed in Columbia River town, Oregon official says

Crews have removed the last of the crude oil from a train that derailed Friday in the tiny Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier.

Editorial: Accelerate oil train safety

Congress must ensure that railroad reforms are rapidly adopted to ensure the safety of communities along oil shipping routes.

UPDATED: Mon., June 6, 2016

Union Pacific resumes service after derailment

Union Pacific has resumed train service through the Oregon city affected by last week’s fiery derailment.

Oil train that derailed near Hood River passed through Spokane

An oil train has derailed near Hood River, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge, news accounts say.

Army Corps improving fish passage at Lower Granite Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making big improvements in fish passage facilities at Lower Granite Dam, hoping to increase the number of endangered salmon and steelhead that migrate …

Opinions from past add perspective

Editorials covered Columbian Basin hydropower, welfare, expanded government services and Medicare.

Major spill from proposed oil terminal would be catastrophic, report says

A new report from the state Attorney General’s Office says an oil train or tanker accident in the Columbia River could cause more than $170 million in environmental damages and …

Lake Roosevelt trout released from net pens earlier than preferred

Signs of stressed and dying fish caused fish managers to release trout earlier than desired from some of the net pens scattered along Lake Roosevelt this week.

Buoy 10 salmon season to get a new look

Washington and Oregon on Thursday announced a new look for the popular Buoy 10 late-summer salmon season at the mouth of the Columbia River: Only adipose fin-clipped hatchery chinook will …

Review of Washington coal-export terminal to be released

State and local regulators on Friday are releasing a sweeping review of a coal export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington.

B.C. smelter reports spill from broken pipe

A British Columbia smelter released about 24 gallons of wastewater tainted with heavy metals on Wednesday, but it’s unclear if the water reached the Columbia River.

Snake River could have short – but sweet – spring chinook season

The Snake River in Washington could see a short but sweet spring chinook season, according to state fisheries managers.

Two missing after plane goes down in Columbia River

ASTORIA, Ore. – A former county commissioner from Washington state is missing after his plane crashed while trying to help a woman scatter the ashes of her deceased husband.

Study looks at future water in Columbia River Basin

Warming temperatures in the future will produce changes in the Columbia River Basin, with more precipitation in winter months and less during the summer, according to a new study released …

One-fish limit mulled for Buoy 10 season

State officials are considering limiting anglers at Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River to one salmon per day in 2016 in an attempt to keep fishing open …