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Mining co. drops rights to watershed in preservation step

Jan. 19, 2022 21:11 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The British Columbia government has announced the surrender of mining rights at the headwaters of the Skagit River, after years of controversy over protection of one of the region’s premier salmon rivers. Under an agreement announced Wednesday by the office of the...

Small town is against big quarry near Penobscot River

Jan. 18, 2022 21:08 PM EST

HEAGAN MOUNTAIN, Maine (AP) — A dispute is heating up between residents of a small town on the Penobscot River and a Virginia-based mining company that wants to quarry granite there, after the company applied for two key permits last month. Salmons, Inc. has already purchased most...

WA Supreme Court OKs Cooke Aquaculture steelhead farming

Jan. 13, 2022 23:31 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court unanimously upheld permits Thursday that will allow Cooke Aquaculture Pacific to farm steelhead trout in net pens in Washington waters. The decision clears the permit hurdle for the international aquaculture giant to change its...

Inslee releases nearly $62 billion supplemental budget plan

Dec. 16, 2021 17:32 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday released a nearly $62 billion supplemental state budget plan that looks to increase spending on efforts related to homelessness, climate change and salmon recovery. The Democratic governor spent most of the week unveiling...

Amid drought, California advances big new reservoir project

Dec. 15, 2021 22:35 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amid a severe drought, California regulators on Wednesday advanced what could be the state's first major new water storage project in years despite warnings it would hasten the extinction of an endangered salmon species while disrupting the cultural traditions of some...

Gov. Inslee announces $187M plan for WA salmon recovery

Dec. 15, 2021 11:34 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed investing $187 million in salmon recovery as part of his 2022 budget and policy proposals. Inslee announced his salmon proposals Tuesday at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation’s Swadabs Park, The...

Conservation group sues Army Corps over Columbia pollution

Dec. 10, 2021 12:39 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A conservation group is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the agency is polluting the Columbia River with hot water, oil and toxic chemicals that are killing large numbers of endangered salmon. Columbia Riverkeeper filed the lawsuit Wednesday in...

Power loss at Oregon hatchery means smaller salmon, trout

Dec. 04, 2021 10:17 AM EST

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Species like Chinook salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout at a hatchery in southern Oregon will not grow as large as usual this winter. The Cole Rivers fish hatchery heats its water from October through April. But last April, a cable that connected...

Lummi Nation declares disaster after invasive crab arrives

Dec. 01, 2021 08:31 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Lummi Indian Business Council has passed a resolution declaring a disaster after more than 70,000 European green crab — an invasive species — were captured and removed from the Lummi Sea Pond in recent months. The Tribe cultivates...

Maine salmon advocacy group gets grant to improve hatchery

Nov. 29, 2021 04:12 AM EST

EAST MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A salmon advocacy group in rural Maine is getting help from the federal government to make improvements to a fish hatchery and office building. The Downeast Salmon Federation operates the facility in East Machias. The group advocates for...