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River of No Return
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June 23, 2014

A close look at Seattle’s embattled Duwamish Waterway and the superfund cleanup that has the chance to bring it back to life, tribes get in the payday lending game, divers explore underwater national park treasures, and more.

Feature

River of no return
River of no return
Seattle’s Duwamish has been straightened, dredged and heavily polluted. Can a Superfund cleanup bring it back to life?

Current

Which tributaries should be protected like the rivers they feed?
Which tributaries should be protected like the rivers they feed?
New rules may help regulators enforce an ambiguous law.
Salmon go down the tubes – literally
Salmon go down the tubes – literally
Washington biologists test pressurized tubes to transport salmon over dams.
A new mapping tool shows how states value wildlife
A new mapping tool shows how states value wildlife
Habitat seen as a crucial resource in some states more than others.
Divers explore national parks' underwater treasures
Divers explore national parks' underwater treasures
The last frontier of the national parks lies underwater.
'A pimp in the family'
'A pimp in the family'
After years of being preyed upon by payday lenders, tribes get into the game themselves.
The Latest: After a long battle, agreement for the Klamath
The Latest: After a long battle, agreement for the Klamath
Tribes, greens, farmers come to consensus; dams may eventually be removed.

Editor's Note

What hides in the waters
What hides in the waters
In the rural West, river pollution seems somewhat straightforward, when in reality it’s infinitely complex.

Uncommon Westerners

The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban
The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban
Last year Mora became the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas development.

Essays

Reflecting on groundwater from the Owens Valley Watershed
Reflecting on groundwater from the Owens Valley Watershed
Growing up in the high desert, I learned water doesn't just fall from the sky.

Dear Friends

Summer publishing break
Summer publishing break
HCN skips a print issue, holds a board meeting and congratulates our writers on awards.

Book Reviews

Woven Identities: Basketry Art of Western North America by Valerie K. Verzuh
Woven Identities: Basketry Art of Western North America by Valerie K. Verzuh
Images of basket-weaving art from Santa Fe Museum.
A Refugee in Her Own Land
A Refugee in Her Own Land
Review of ‘Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life in Oyster Bay' by Llyn De Danaan.
Out here meets out there
Out here meets out there
Review of ‘Calamity Jane' by Bernard Schopen.

Heard Around the West

Letters