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Stories tagged: dams

Young salmon risk ‘gas bubble trauma’ on trip to ocean

Juvenile salmon and steelhead migrating out of the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows this year face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in …

UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Snake River dams or shiny new things

The slogan SAVE OUR DAMS is painted in large white letters on a red barn along Hwy 195 north of Pullman. It’s been a rallying cry for southeast Washington for …

Lake Pend Oreille water level to rise this week

The level of Lake Pend Oreille will increase 1.5-2.5 feet by the end of February as the outflow from Albeni Falls Dam is decreased to assist with downstream maintenance work, …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Oroville Dam evacuees might not go home until spillway is repaired

Nearly 200,000 people who were ordered to leave their homes after a damaged California spillway threatened to unleash a 30-foot wall of water may not be able to return until …

Dam supporters say Trump should not consider removal

A supporter of keeping four giant dams on the lower Snake River calls it “ironic” that dozens of fishing companies and environmental groups are asking President Donald Trump to take …

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.

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.

Environmental groups want work halted on Snake River dams

BOISE – 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 …

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 …

Columbia, Snake dams topic of public meetings

FISHERIES – Court-ordered federal public meetings are coming to the region next week, partly to explore the potential for eliminating four lower Snake River dams to boost survival of endangered …

Past opinions provide perspective

Snake River dams, Nov. 9, 1936 The S-R editorial board opined on the idea of making Lewiston a seaport by constructing dams on the lower Snake River. An editorial approvingly …

With three orcas missing, scientist calls for breaching Lower Snake River dams

Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or believed dead since summer.

Nancy Hirsh: We can restore salmon and have carbon-free energy

The claim is that we can have either salmon restoration or we can have carbon-free energy, but not both. This is a false choice.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell supports Oregon dam removal

The U.S. Secretary of Interior supports the removal of four hydroelectric dams on Oregon’s Klamath River.

Application filed to tear down Klamath River dams

The utility that owns four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California is beginning the formal process to tear them down.

After disastrous 2015, more Idaho sockeye return to spawning grounds this year

More sockeye salmon returned to Idaho’s Snake River basin this year, thanks to cooler weather in July and strategic water releases to help the endangered fish.

Clark Fork Delta ducky for paddlers

A $6 million project to arrest erosion in the Clark Fork delta has a multitude of beneficiaries, including paddlers.

Recreational dam builders blocking critical fish movements

Piling rocks across a small stream on a hot day to create a private forest wading pool may seem harmless to hikers and campers, but fish have a different point …

Oregon officials work to remove dam on Umatilla River

Eastern Oregon officials and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are working to remove a dam on the lower Umatilla River that for years has caused problems for …

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.

Opinions from past add perspective

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

UPDATED: Wed., May 4, 2016, 5:51 p.m.

Restoration of Northwest salmon runs needs a better plan, judge says

A federal judge in Oregon says a massive habitat restoration effort doesn’t do enough to improve Northwest salmon runs.

Officials OK pact to tear down Klamath River dams

Endangered salmon blocked for nearly a century from hundreds of miles of the Klamath River in Oregon and California are expected to return en masse under unusual agreements signed Wednesday …

States, federal agencies will seek removal of Klamath dams

Oregon, California, the federal government and others have agreed to go forward with a plan to remove four hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest without approval from a reluctant Congress.

Opinions from past add perspective

Editorials covered health insurance, Columbia Basin reclamation, education and funding the Contras.

Deer Park company gets contract for dam locks work

Two dams in Washington state are scheduled for $8 million in navigation lock repairs by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Deal boosts effort to remove 4 Klamath River dams

An agreement by California, Oregon and the federal government on Tuesday boosted efforts to remove four dams in the Pacific Northwest despite opposition in Congress.

Killing cormorants to save salmon: 11,000 in crosshairs of controversial program

Shots ring out, then there’s a splash: Government agents gunning for double-crested cormorants have hit their mark again. Federal agents have stalked tiny uninhabited East Sand Island in the estuary …

B.C. residents push for more-stable reservoir levels as Columbia River Treaty is renegotiated

NAKUSP, British Columba – Crystal and Janet Spicer grew up in a white-frame farmhouse on 60 fertile acres along the Columbia River in Canada. Their father was a local legend …