August 12, 1997 |
In a call to arms to save dwindling populations of steelhead trout throughout much of the West, the federal government Monday listed the fish as endangered in Southern California and central Washington. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also designated the fish--a favorite of anglers--as threatened in parts of Oregon, Idaho, Washington and California.
May 19, 1992 |
The air is choppy, and we are flying over the forest at what might be called treetop level, except there are hardly any trees. Well, wait, there are some. Patches of seedlings, clumps of old-growth in the canyon bottoms. But not the unbroken vistas of big, standing trees you might associate with rain-drenched Washington state and a place called the Olympic National Forest. "Exactly, that's the point," said our pilot, Michael M.
June 27, 1996 |
Nine years after the last reactor shut down at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, there are 14 million gallons of deadly wastes buried in Hanford's sandy belly. Chromium and strontium are leaking into the Columbia River. Particles of radioactive Iodine-131 (eight times the amount released in the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island) blew up Hanford's smokestacks, settling like an invisible rain on the wheat-colored grass and shrubs of southeastern Washington. How deadly was the result?
April 8, 2000 |
The Defense Department decided against trying to unload 110 tons of PCB-contaminated waste here for even a short stay, and the container ship carrying the unwelcome cargo steamed out of port Friday. The ultimate destination of the waste, from U.S. military bases in Japan, has not been determined, a Pentagon spokesman said. "We're pleased we've been able to address the concerns of the citizens of the state of Washington," Army Lt. Col. Steve Campbell said in a telephone interview.
July 28, 1991 |
Waves of frothy oil from a sunken Japanese fishing vessel have begun washing ashore on some of America's most pristine shores, threatening sea otters and tens of thousands of birds, Coast Guard officials said Saturday. More than a dozen oil-drenched birds, both dead and alive, have been found on beaches, said state Department of Wildlife spokesman Doug Zimmer. "They're so coated," Lorraine Durick, a volunteer with the Wild Animal Clinic of Monroe told the Seattle Times. "This stuff is like glue.
March 20, 1996 |
In an unusual move to protect the Northwest's declining runs of wild salmon, the Clinton administration has budgeted $111 million to remove two aging dams from the Elwha River on the edge of the Olympic National Park. Stepping into a heated conflict that has pitted the seasonally spawning fish against the hydroelectric dams that power most of the Northwest, the administration included the removal of the fish-impeding dams as a major environmental initiative in the 1997 budget unveiled Tuesday.