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Dry conditions cause worry about salmon runs, fires

Nov. 9, 2019 6:40 PM EST

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Conditions are dry in southern Oregon. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that with streams running at a trickle, fish biologists are worried about access for spawning salmon. Fire officials have asked the public to avoid outdoor burning until it rains. Ryan Battleson, biologist...

Company seeks to farm steelhead after Atlantic salmon escape

Nov. 3, 2019 9:05 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Last month, a net pen used for fish farming and operated by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific began to dip below the surface off Bainbridge Island. A hole in a pontoon left the structure's southeast corner partially submerged. Repairs were eventually made. But now as Cooke seeks to farm steelhead...

Trump administration unveils new water rules for California

Oct. 22, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled new rules to govern California's scarce water, committing to send more to farmers in the Central Valley despite warnings from environmental groups that it would imperil endangered species in the fragile San Joaquin Delta. The rules...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago. The Yakama and Lummi...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes are calling for the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. The Lummi Nation and the Yakama Nation said Monday that the U.S. government violated a treaty from 1855 when it built the concrete dams on the lower Columbia River. The...

Hatchery investigated after hidden camera shows salmon abuse

Oct. 8, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are investigating an aquaculture hatchery in the wake of an undercover group's allegation of improper treatment of fish at the facility. Compassion Over Killing, a Washington, D.C.-based animal welfare group, has released hidden-camera footage that shows workers at the...

Columbia River closed to salmon and steelhead fishing

Sep. 27, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing, with the exception of the Hanford Reach. The Tri-City Herald reports the closure went into effect Thursday. Bill Tweit, special assistant with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, says...