Canoe Journey Parallels Tribal Efforts to Return Salmon to Upper Columbia

Upper Columbia River tribes finished an eight-day journey Saturday that traced the route salmon haven’t run for 80 years. That afternoon, ten canoes paddled by members of five tribes rounded the route’s final bend, their boats gliding high above the submerged falls that were, for millennia, one of the most important fishing spots in the region.

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No Changes to Dams Now for Threatened Salmon, Judge Rules

Operations of the 13 dams along the Willamette River are making it harder for threatened salmon to survive, according to federal judge who ruled Wednesday that there is no need to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change operations now because the case will require any needed changes in the next year or two.

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States Can’t Delay Reviewing Dam Water Quality, Court Rules

The D.C. Circuit on Friday sided with a Native American tribe when it found that corporations cannot “scheme” with state governments to indefinitely delay water quality reviews that could lead to stricter environmental protection conditions for dams and hydropower projects.

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GOP Witnesses Dispute Science at Hearing Over Dam Removal

The House Committee on Natural Resources vowed to fight growing public calls to remove the four dams along the Snake River in Idaho, after hearing testimony from those who say the dams are the “economic lifeblood” of the Pacific Northwest and claim their removal would do nothing to benefit imperiled salmon.

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