August 12, 2009
Hauling truckloads of hitchhiking juvenile salmon around dams is one silly way to save a species. And it doesn't work either. As four dams were built along the lower Snake River in southeastern Washington from the late 1950s to early 1970s, it took only a few years for the river's healthy salmon populations to plummet. By the mid-1990s, the populations of four types of salmon had been declared endangered or threatened. The federal expenditure of $8 billion since then for fish ladders, hatcheries, habitat restoration and, yes, trucks and barges to transport the salmon around the dams has not restored the fish.
March 19, 2008 |
Traps, pyrotechnics and bean bags shot at sea lions have failed to deter the annual springtime feast of threatened salmon at a Columbia River dam, so federal authorities gave some of them a death sentence. The National Marine Fisheries Service authorized officials to attempt to catch the sea lions that arrive at the base of the Bonneville Dam and hold them for 48 hours to see whether an aquarium or zoo would take them. Otherwise, they could be euthanized along with those that avoid trapping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1989 |
A barge carrying the mammoth reactor vessel from the nation's first commercial nuclear plant completed an 8,000-mile trip Wednesday to Washington state, where it will be buried at the Hanford nuclear complex. Protesters hurled paint canisters and unfurled banners as the reactor vessel from the dismantled Shippingport, Pa., nuclear plant made its way up the Columbia River in a six-week journey that took it through the Panama Canal. The barge arrived at a dock on the edge of Richland.
November 6, 1999 |
President Clinton announced a major expansion Friday of a national wildlife refuge along the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest in order to provide protection for Pacific salmon. The White House said management responsibility of 57,000 acres that was part of the top-secret project to build the atomic bomb will be transferred from the Energy Department to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect wild salmon and preserve the river's ecology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1999 |
The Columbia River, whose fabled waters flow through 259,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest, long has been a battleground for the powerful forces of agriculture, industry, hydropower and recreation who depend on it.
February 5, 2006 |
The year was 1929. The tall sagebrush at the far end of central Washington's Moses Coulee hinted at a generous water supply and good soil, despite the arid habitat, so the Billingsley family settled in. It hasn't always been easy raising cattle in the stark environment, but the one thing the Billingsleys haven't had to worry about all those years is water. They've had plenty to get by.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1990 |
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn's request that the Pacific Northwest act like a "good neighbor" and channel Columbia River water to drought-stricken Southern California has received a not so neighborly response from Oregon officials. "I have the distinct impression that you are trying to steal my water," Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt said in a letter to Hahn.
March 12, 2010
Even among those who seek to protect wildlife above all, there are moments of great conflict. One of those moments is playing out near Portland, Ore., as sea lions gorge on endangered chinook salmon that gather at the base of the Bonneville Dam, preparing to make their way up the fish ladders to spawn. Last week and this, wildlife officials have killed six of the most incorrigible of the animals, which have refused to be dissuaded by noise, rubber bullets or other harassing techniques.
June 8, 1991 |
The government proposed on Friday that more Northwest salmon be declared threatened species, the latest step in a high-stakes battle between protectors of the dwindling fish and users of the region's vast Columbia River basin. The National Marine Fisheries Service softened the potential economic impact by recommending lumping two fish runs together as one population and finding another does not warrant protection because its native strand already is extinct.
May 29, 1992 |
Expanding an innovative arrangement begun last year, Energy Secretary James D. Watkins Thursday signed agreements between the Bonneville Power Administration and three big Southern California utilities to exchange up to 725 megawatts of electricity in 1992. Bonneville, the federal agency that markets hydroelectric power from federal power plants along the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest, will generate extra electricity this summer to be sent to Southern California.