Columbia River

[1/21/20] Icy weather over the weekend caused a slurry of accidents

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With so much wintry weather, area roads are more dangerous than normal, causing drivers to slip and slide off the roadways. KOZI’s Celeste Hankins has the story.

[10/1/19] Bonneville Dam Reopened

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A critical navigation lock at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River reopened to barge traffic over the weekend. On Friday, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Oregon, said their engineers are inspecting and testing the lock and newly-repaired concrete sill. The navigation lock was closed Sept. 5 after operators detected […]

[10/1/19] No Salmon or Steelhead Fishing on Columbia

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Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing, with the exception of the Hanford Reach. The closure went into effect at the end of last week. Bill Tweit, special assistant with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, says it comes at the tail end of a challenging year […]

[9/3/19] Protecting Salmon May Include Killing Sealions

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More than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River to boost faltering populations of salmon and steelhead. Billions of dollars have been spent in Idaho, Oregon and Washington to save 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act. The National Marine Fisheries […]

[8/28/19] Dam Spills to Help Salmon Migration

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Snake and Columbia river hydropower dams may soon allow more water over the dams to help salmon migration. Taking action to allow more spill over the dams is one of the Southern Resident Orca Task Force recommendationsto the Governor. Salmon runs on the Snake and Columbia rivers include Chinook, the Southern Resident Orca’s primary food. And […]

[8/19/19] Salmon May Return to Upper Columbia

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A fish-propelling tube could restore salmon populations to portions of the Columbia River that have not seen the species in 90 years. If the salmon cannon is approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it could restore populations to native waters in the Upper Columbia. Officials say the system is expected to give fish […]

[8/12/19] Colville Indian Reservation Fire Now 62 Square Miles

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Firefighters are trying to prevent a fast-growing wildfire from jumping the Columbia River. The fire on the Colville Indian Reservation was likely started by lightning last Friday and has since grown to about 62 square miles. The fire, southeast of the town of Keller, Washington, is moving east and has almost reached the banks of […]

[8/12/19] Oil Spills Threaten Snake & Columbia Rivers

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Up to 300 gallons of oil may have leaked into the Snake River from a power-generating turbine at Lower Monumental Dam. The Army Corps of Engineers reported the suspected spill this week, but it’s unclear when it happened. The Army Corps disclosed the incident to regulators and the environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper under the terms […]

[8/29/17] Rufus Woods Algae

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The warnings caution the public to limit swimming, water skiing and other in-lake activities. The toxin can be lethal to animals if ingested at high enough concentrations.