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Study looks at impact of ocean and dams on salmon runs

Dec. 1, 2020 6:52 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A controversial new study challenges long-standing science that pins salmon declines in the Snake River Basin on dams. The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports the work by British Columbia scientist David Welch puts the blame for poor returns of adult Snake River spring and fall chinook...

More salmon appear to return to key Maine river

Nov. 29, 2020 11:36 AM EST

MILFORD, Maine (AP) — More endangered salmon appeared to return to a key Maine river this year. Atlantic salmon only return to a handful of rivers in the U.S., and they're all located in Maine. An unofficial count of salmon at the Milford Dam on the Penobscot River found 1,603 of the fish, the Bangor Daily...

U.S. Justice Department suing over Puyallup River pollution

Nov. 26, 2020 9:10 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is suing the owners of the Electron dam for violating the Clean Water Act by polluting the Puyallup River. The civil suit was filed against Electron Hydro, LLC, Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for...

This Sept. 9, 2020 photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows Idaho Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist Eli Felts looking down at Loon Creek to count chinook salmon spawning beds in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho. (Conor McLure/Idaho Department of Fish and Game via AP)

Unique Idaho salmon numbers rise, but extinction looms

Nov. 25, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A unique population of salmon that for thousands of years has been reproducing in one of Idaho’s wildest places experienced a small increase in adults returning to spawn this year. But the number of chinook salmon returning to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and its...

Ecologist leads projects to protect, preserve the Eel River

Nov. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

DENVER, Ind. (AP) — Over the last eight years, the Eel River in northern Miami County has undergone a stunning transformation. Four low-head dams have been removed, making the river safer than ever before for paddlers. Fish and other aquatic animals are thriving that haven’t lived in the stream in...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, is the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. A new agreement announced Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, promises to revive faltering plans to demolish four massive hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save imperiled salmon by emptying giant reservoirs and reopening hundreds of miles of potential fish habitat that's been blocked for more than a century. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

Historic deal revives plan for largest US dam demolition

Nov. 17, 2020 7:38 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An agreement announced Tuesday paves the way for the largest dam demolition in U.S. history, a project that promises to reopen hundreds of miles of waterway along the Oregon-California border to salmon that are critical to tribes but have dwindled to almost nothing in recent years. If...

In this November 2019 photo provided by the Voyageurs Wolf Project, the Shoepack Lake Pack of wolves stops in front of a remote camera set on a trail in Voyageurs National Park, Minn. Scientists studying gray wolves in the park have traced how wolves preying on beavers affect the ecosystem by impeding the ability of beavers to build and maintain new dams that create wetlands. (Tom Gable/Voyageurs Wolf Project via AP)

Wolves preying on beavers in Minnesota reshape wetlands

Nov. 13, 2020 2:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One spring afternoon in 2015, biologist Thomas Gable followed signals from a gray wolf’s GPS tracking collar to a small stream in Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park. There he found a large canine paw print in the mud and tufts of wolf and beaver fur caught in low bramble. ...

This photo provided by Jim McCarthy shows the Winchester Dam in Winchester, Ore., on April 19, 2019. Environmental and fishing groups are suing a small, private water district in southern Oregon over the 130-year-old dam on a pristine stretch of the North Umpqua River. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene, asks a judge to order the Winchester Water Control District to build a new fish ladder on the Winchester Dam and make major repairs to the overall dam, which is on a national historic registry. (JimMcCarthy/WaterWatch via AP)

Fishing, environmental groups sue over Umpqua River dam

Nov. 10, 2020 7:35 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A coalition of environmental and fishing groups are suing a water district in southern Oregon over an aging, privately owned dam that they say hinders the passage of struggling salmon populations in the pristine North Umpqua River. The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in...

Rodney Cawston, chairmen of the Colville tribe business council, stands at the site of the Enloe Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Oroville, Wash. The Colville tribe wants the dam, which blocks fish from reaching the Similkameen River, removed.  (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)

Washington state tribes, utility consider old dam's removal

Nov. 9, 2020 4:17 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Tribal leaders in northern Washington state have announced an effort to determine the feasibility and costs associated with removal of a dam that has not generated electricity since 1958. The Enloe Dam, built 100 years ago, blocks fish from reaching the Similkameen River and is of no use to...

A crowd gathers to watch the ground breaking ceremony for FishPass at Union Street Dam Park, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 in Traverse City, Mich. Construction for FishPass hasn't started just yet, but Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and other project partners celebrated the project's start. (Mike Krebs/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)

Watershed moment for fish passageway in Traverse City

Nov. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Construction for FishPass hasn’t started just yet, but Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and other project partners celebrated the project’s start. The Oct. 24 event kicked off with Peshawbestown Community Drum...