Justus Caudell | The Tribune |
NESPELEM—In early December, a number of news agencies reported seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear plant was detected in the Pacific Ocean along on the West Coast.
The plant, which first leaked radiation into the Pacific in 2011 following a massive earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 people, is feared to still be contaminating the ocean.
The impact of the radiation in the Columbia River—and on migratory salmon that spend their developmental years […]
Continue reading UCUT study finds trace amount of radiation in migratory salmon Columbia River
Jan 20, 2017 The Oregonian
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission ripped a hole Friday in the 99-year-old fabric of concurrent fish management on the Columbia River.
With a split 4-3 vote, commission members defied the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s attempt to negotiate the long-contested Columbia River Management Plan. The plan required a switch from gill-netting to selective commercial fishing on the mainstem below Bonneville Dam. It also gave priority allocation of mainstem salmon harvest to sport anglers.
Continue reading Oregon will defy joint fish management on the lower Columbia River
January 15, 2017
Oregon and Washington’s plans for regulating commercial fishing on the lower Columbia River appear to be drifting apart, like an unmoored boat bobbing away from a dock.
Since 1915, the states have agreed on how to manage the salmon industry on more than 145 shared miles of the river – from the mouth to Bonneville Dam. Five years ago, they decided they would phase out gillnets on the main channel of the Columbia by 2017 as […]
Continue reading Gillnets on Columbia River: The long-standing debate roars back
In Oregon, a $1.8 billion budget gap will force legislators to look for more revenue — taxes and fees — or cut services. The gap, caused by runaway state employee health care and retirement costs, will force lawmakers to make hard choices as the administration of Gov. Kate Brown settles in for the next two years.
In Idaho and Washington, water issues have floated to the top of the legislative agendas. In Idaho, replenishing the Snake River aquifer that feeds […]
Continue reading Water, taxes and regulations dominate state legislatures
December 13, 2016
Congress has passed a bill authorizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a competitive, voluntary grant program for environmental cleanup work in the Columbia River.
The Columbia River Restoration Act was included as part of the federal Water Resources Development Act of 2016, which lawmakers approved Dec. 9.
Grants could help pay for projects that improve water quality in the basin, reduce pollution or clean up contaminated sites. Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff […]
Continue reading Congress passes bill to improve water quality in Columbia River
by Cassandra Profita Follow OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 8, 2016 12:10 p.m. An environmental group filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Washington state of failing to control water pollution along the coast and Puget Sound.
Portland-based Northwest Environmental Advocates is asking a U.S. district court to force two federal agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – to cut funding to the state as a form of punishment.
The agencies are supposed to withhold at least […]
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August 2, 2016
– Mayor Walt Gobel has resigned from his position with the city of Waitsburg effectively immediately, according to a press release he issued via email this afternoon.
Gobel, who has been mayor in Waitsburg since 2010, became the center of controversy following an announcement in July that Nestlé Waters North America is interested in building a water-bottling plant inside the city.
Council members during that meeting expressed their shock and disappointment that Gobel and City […]
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By Kale Williams | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on August 04, 2016 at 2:18 PM, updated August 04, 2016 at 2:19 PM Researchers from The Ohio State University have uncovered some previously hidden sources of ocean pollution affecting more than 20 percent of the coastline of the continental United States, with a particular threat found for the waters off the Pacific Northwest.
The study, led by assistant professor of earth sciences Audrey Sawyer and published Thursday in the journal Science, marks the […]
Continue reading Groundwater contamination poses risk to Pacific Northwest ocean waters, study says
Early this winter, skiers in the Northwest were excited. But then after about Christmas things turned dour. The once-epic snowpack is now long gone. In Washington state, it melted down in record time to less than half of average for early June.
And there hasn’t been much rain this spring either. The Cascades, Olympics and Blues are all hurting.
Top state and federal water watchers are already meeting around tables in Olympia.
“We’ve gone from a pretty comfortable situation to […]
Continue reading Nervous Farmers, Thrill-Seeking Kayakers Chase Dwindling Northwest Water
Kelly House | The Oregonian/ on May 04, 2016 A federal judge has ruled for the fourth time that the U.S. government’s plan to recover salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River basin fails to address the federal hydropower dams’ effect on fish.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon on Wednesday gave the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration two years to write a new plan that does more to protect fish.
Simon criticized the current plan for underestimating the effects […]
Continue reading Judge rejects feds’ Columbia River salmon plan, calls for a rewrite