Columbia River

Humble suckers: Pacific lamprey have survived 5 mass extinctions but are now under threat
Humble suckers: Pacific lamprey have survived 5 mass extinctions but are now under threat
Cooperative efforts between tribes and non-Native institutions are helping conserve the under-researched Devonian darlings.
‘Cultural resources are not a renewable thing for us.’
‘Cultural resources are not a renewable thing for us.’
The West’s largest green energy storage project would destroy a Yakama sacred site. Now, the nation is fighting back.
Corporations are consolidating water and land rights in the West
Corporations are consolidating water and land rights in the West
With farms, ranches and rural communities facing unprecedented threats, a worrying trend leads to a critical question: Who owns the water?
Invasive mussels in aquarium supplies alarm wildlife managers
Invasive mussels in aquarium supplies alarm wildlife managers
Potentially devastating zebra mussels found in Northwest pet stores.
Indigenous fishers on the Columbia River confront new challenges
Indigenous fishers on the Columbia River confront new challenges
Beyond depleted salmon runs, the pandemic has created occupational hazards and a depressed salmon market.
The poet on the garbage crew
The poet on the garbage crew
In ‘Vantage,’ Taneum Bambrick digs for refuse along the Columbia River.
Courts can’t keep Columbia and Snake River salmon from the edge of extinction
Courts can’t keep Columbia and Snake River salmon from the edge of extinction
After decades of court cases have rebuffed federal management, it may take a political fix to restore salmon in the Columbia Basin.
Renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty, six decades later
Renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty, six decades later
How will bolstered support for tribal sovereignty and the environment change the U.S.-Canada agreement?
What killed Washington’s carbon tax?
What killed Washington’s carbon tax?
The curious death of 1631 and what it says about the future of addressing climate change.
Update: New law makes it easier to kill salmon-eating sea lions
Update: New law makes it easier to kill salmon-eating sea lions
In the Columbia River, up to 920 sea lions can be removed each year to protect fish.
There’s no easy fix for our nuclear past
There’s no easy fix for our nuclear past
At Washington’s Hanford nuclear site, failing infrastructure and make-do plans as the West prepares for a new round of radioactivity.
The arresting quiet of a crane migration in Washington
The arresting quiet of a crane migration in Washington
Sandhill cranes, cattle and the surprising benefits of their coexistence in the West.
A bird’s song adds wonder to the world
A bird’s song adds wonder to the world
If a song defines a place, what does it mean to lose it?
The House passes a bill limiting water for salmon
The House passes a bill limiting water for salmon
The legislation would override a court ruling calling for more water over dams.
How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
A new book seeks answers about the future of the iconic fish.
Why we should celebrate unlovely fish
Why we should celebrate unlovely fish
An angler documents his pursuit of the uglier species.
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
The feds have promised lodging at traditional fish camps — but haven’t delivered.
In Utah, a massive water project is gaining ground
In Utah, a massive water project is gaining ground
The project could divert 86,000 acre-feet from Lake Powell to the retirement community of St. George.
To save Washington's Yakima Basin fish, just add water
To save Washington's Yakima Basin fish, just add water
A drought plan in one of the West’s most forward-thinking watersheds reconciles salmon and agriculture.
Livin' on the dredge: Army Corps mucks out the Snake
Livin' on the dredge: Army Corps mucks out the Snake
Do the benefits of barge traffic outweigh the cost of dams?
Hurdles mount for Northwest coal exports
Hurdles mount for Northwest coal exports
How high are the stakes for Western coal producers?
The Latest: In Oregon, a record number of spawning salmon
The Latest: In Oregon, a record number of spawning salmon
For the first time since 1938, 1 million salmon passed Bonneville Dam to spawn.
Singing about a land where free rivers flow on
Singing about a land where free rivers flow on
Woody Guthrie's long history of writing about dams and hydropower.
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