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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Impossible Choices: The Complicated Task of Saving Both Orca and Salmon

Decades of politics and foot-dragging have stymied the recovery of threatened and endangered Chinook salmon, while an iconic population of killer whales that depends on them veered toward extinction. Now, a last-ditch effort to save the whales may also be what thwarts the recovery of Chinook.

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Old Tradition May Be Key to Saving Salmon – and Fishermen

In 2017, just 517 native steelhead made their way from the ocean, up the Columbia River and back to Willamette Falls, according to data from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife – the worst year on record. Meanwhile, hatcheries release 63 million fish every year that compete with the wild fish and need to be caught. Separating the proverbial wheat from the chaff, some believe, necessitates lifting the 83-year-old ban on fish traps.

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