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Ebey Slough levee breached

After a century, farmland becomes salmon habitat

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Group threatens to sue over farmed salmon in Puget Sound

SEATTLE — A conservation group says it intends to sue the federal government for allowing farm-raised salmon in Puget Sound.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest

Qwuloolt Estuary Project

Breach goal: Return of the wild salmon

Date: 08/23/2015 | Local News

Moving on for clean air, water

Having hit a wall of opposition in the Legislature this session, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee remains committed to moving forward in some fashion with his initiatives for cleaner air and water.Inslee, who favors baseball metaphors, struck out three times with proposed...

Date: 08/13/2015 | Editorials

Fish ‘rest area’ explained at Monroe Library

MONROE — To help improve and increase the salmon habitat and population in the Skykomish River, Snohomish County Public Works staff are planning to create a “rest stop area” for fish.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Local News

Biologists fear repeat of 2002 salmon kill in Klamath River

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The drought in the West could be creating conditions in the Klamath River straddling Oregon and California for a repeat of a 2002 fish kill that claimed tens of thousands of adult salmon, biologists said.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

Warm waters bring more restrictions on salmon fishing in Tulalip

TULALIP — The continuing drought in Washington state has led the Department of Fish and Wildlife to put more restrictions on salmon fishing in Tulalip.Significantly fewer summer-run chinook are showing up in tribal and state hatcheries. Any salmon caught by anglers is...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Local News

Half of Columbia River sockeye salmon dying due to hot water

BOISE, Idaho — More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest

Stilly under siege

River and fish weather silt, slides and drought

Date: 07/26/2015 | Local News

Sockeye season comes to early end on upper Columbia River

SPOKANE — Washington officials have declared an early end to the sockeye salmon season on the upper Columbia River.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Northwest

Hatchery salmon trucked out as water temperatures rise

PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal officials say 160,000 juvenile salmon from a fish hatchery in central Oregon were transported by truck to a hatchery in Washington in an effort to save the fish from unusually high water temperatures.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest

Oregon forestry board weighs bigger logging buffers to cool streams

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A state board is considering how much to increase the numbers of trees that must be left standing along small and medium streams on private timberlands to shade the water and keep it cool for salmon.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest

Drought raises concern over return of humpies

Millions of pink salmon are bound for Washington rivers and streams this year. Biologists are worried that when they return, they might find the water too warm and shallow for spawning and cause more problems for fish already struggling

Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News

Fishing in 30 state rivers idled by drought

EVERETT — The persistent drought in Washington state has led the government to restrict fishing on more than 30 rivers, including several in Snohomish County.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Local News

Agency reports killing 158 cormorants on the Columbia River so far to help salmon

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed killing double-crested cormorants as part of a program to reduce the size of North America’s biggest cormorant nesting colony so the birds eat fewer juvenile salmon migrating down the Columbia River.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Northwest

Due to drought, Oregon curtails fishing for some species

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon officials have prohibited fishing or curtailed fishing hours on most rivers in the state to avoid additional stress on wild fish suffering from drought-related high water temperatures and low stream flows.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest

New drought challenge: Protecting fish from warm, shallow water

Fishery managers are taking unprecedented steps to protect fish from potentially lethal conditions caused by the drought this summer. Fishing is restricted in some areas and hatcheries are having to make changes.The state Department of Fish and...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Local News

Leque Island levees will be removed in effort to create salmon habitat

STANWOOD — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided to remove most of the dikes around Leque Island, a slice of former farmland between Stanwood and Camano Island.The 300-acre...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Local News

State’s best chance at own water rule

Even with two special sessions and counting, there were issues that the Legislature didn't get to this year. But with lawmakers' likely failure to pass legislation that would have helped the state Department of Ecology develop and enforce water quality rules, the state may now be...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Editorials

Groups clash over Columbia River salmon plan

PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal authorities defended their latest plan for mitigating damage to salmon and steelhead imperiled by hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest

Feds spent $700 million on habitat restoration in Columbia River Basin

PORTLAND, Ore. — Three federal agencies — the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — provide funding and technical assistance to states, tribes, local watershed groups, conservation agencies and other local entities to develop, build...

Date: 06/20/2015 | Northwest

Warm water leads to early spring chinook salmon deaths in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — State wildlife officials are blaming warm water in the northwest for unusually high numbers of chinook salmon carcasses found in the Willamette, Clackamas and Santiam rivers.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest

Sultan science teacher honored for his innovative lessons in nature

SULTAN — A science teacher here is receiving national recognition for getting students to learn outdoors.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Local News

Salmon project set to proceed on Smith Island near Everett

EVERETT — A massive earth-moving project to transform low-lying farmland along the Snohomish River delta into salmon habitat could break ground in August, after more than a decade of preparation.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News

Federal lands should be kept for benefit of all

The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners see unfairness in that. They should not.Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska recently slipped an item into a nonbinding budget...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate budget risks gains made for state lands

Nationally, over the last few years, we've witnessed an anti-public lands campaign take hold — from Cliven Bundy's brazen standoff with the Bureau of Land Management to the more insidious creep of consistent underfunding for our national parks. However, it seemed absurd that that...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Commentary

Feds release plan for recovering Northwest fish species

BOISE, Idaho — Federal authorities have released their final recovery plan for a fish species that teetered on the brink of extinction in the early 1990s in one of the Pacific Northwest’s major rivers.

Date: 06/08/2015 | Northwest

Oregon lawmakers seek money to reduce toxins in Columbia Basin

PORTLAND, Ore. — Several Oregon senators and representatives are pushing for funding to clean up and reduce toxins in the Columbia River Basin.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Northwest

For California salmon, truck rides and bucket lifts

LAGUNITAS, Calif. — What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.State and federal wildlife agencies...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World

Environmentalists threaten to sue over salmon recovery plan

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two environmental groups are threatening to sue a federal agency over what they deem its failure to develop a recovery plan for the Oregon coast coho salmon.The formal notice of intent to sue was filed Tuesday by the Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild.

Date: 05/05/2015 | Northwest

Snake River open to spring chinook fishing

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — The upper Snake River has been opened to salmon fishing, the first of several chinook fisheries expected to open this spring in northeast Oregon.

Date: 05/05/2015 | Northwest

Two options would let Willow Creek cut loose

EDMONDS — Plans are under way to free Willow Creek, which runs through Edmonds Marsh, from an underground pipe and turn it into a free-flowing stream.The question is: What route should it take to Puget Sound?

Date: 05/04/2015 | Local News

Sorry, captain

Editorial: Shatner and California can't have our water

Date: 04/23/2015 | Editorials

Monroe pond may dry up

Highway 522 project threatens salmon, animal habitat

Date: 04/21/2015 | Local News

Lawmakers watering down water quality

Amendments by the state House and Senate to water quality legislation proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee have limited its scope and its ability to take timely action and could also now invite enforcement action by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.The gutting of the...

Date: 04/14/2015 | Editorials

Give 5 to help us protect salmon

Imagine a river brimming with abundant wild salmon stocks. Imagine healthy, clean streams for our children to explore and play in. Imagine robust riparian forests full of fecundity. Twenty-five years ago a group of dedicated volunteers set out to make...

Date: 04/11/2015 | Commentary

Alaska groups seek cut in salmon caught by pollock industry

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Tribal organizations and fishing groups in Alaska are urging federal fishery managers to drastically reduce the number of king salmon allowed to be inadvertently caught by commercial pollock trawlers each year.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Northwest

Audubon Society threatens lawsuit over Columbia River seabird killing plan

PORTLAND, Ore. — A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to kill 11,000 seabirds at the mouth of the Columbia River to help protect young salmon has drawn the threat of a lawsuit from the Audubon Society of Portland.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest

No shortage of water

Lack of snow hasn't drained Snohomish County supply

Date: 03/09/2015 | Local News

Study finds 7,500 marine mammals in lower Columbia River

LEWISTON, Idaho — An aerial survey of marine mammals in the lower Columbia River found spring Chinook salmon will have to make it past more than 6,000 hungry harbor seals, 1,500 California sea lions and 100 Steller sea lions.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Northwest

Six options for Leque Island

STANWOOD — A redesign of Leque Island that could lead to the removal of levees and the tidal flooding of former farmland is moving forward.

Date: 02/22/2015 | Local News

Study of little fish a big deal

There's a bit of tongue-in-cheek about La Conner's annual Smelt Derby, which celebrates its 50th anniversary on Feb. 28 in the Skagit Valley town on the Swinomish Channel.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Editorials

Salmon lessons

Kids get hands-on knowledge in Stanwood creek

Date: 02/08/2015 | Life

Federal officials propose plan to save Columbia River salmon

LONGVIEW — Federal officials are considering a plan to spray vegetable oil on cormorant eggs in an effort to save Columbia River salmon. That would reduce the size of the black seabird colony on East Sand Island.

Date: 02/07/2015 | Northwest

Federal proposal: Shoot salmon-eating seabirds, destroy eggs

PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal officials have adjusted their approach to reducing the large colony of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River estuary because the large black seabirds eat too many young salmon and steelhead.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Northwest

Connecting with coho

Sultan High students learn about salmon at campus hatchery

Date: 01/27/2015 | Local News

Building bonds, community ties

Teens spent King holiday volunteering

Date: 01/20/2015 | Local News

A way to protect health and jobs

We may now have a way to eat our fish and have our jobs, too.The state Department of Ecology on Monday proposed a new water quality rule that, based on a...

Date: 01/13/2015 | Editorials

Edmonds to restore marsh

Willow Creek to see daylight again

Date: 01/12/2015 | Local News

Plenty of reasons not to pave Mountain Loop Highway

The Herald article, "Local leaders hope to pave reaminder of Mountain Loop Highway," on Dec. 22 failed to discuss the environmental impacts that paving and required widening of the highway between...

Date: 01/02/2015 | Commentary

Something fishy is going on

What's up with those unusual road signs?

Date: 12/30/2014 | Whats Up With That?

State group fights to restore Puget Sound's health

EDMONDS — Taking in the view from the pier on the city's waterfront, it's hard to sense anything could be wrong with Puget Sound.The water is clear. It's a popular place for people to cast their fishing lines or to toss metal-mesh crab pots into the water. Seals...

Date: 12/21/2014 | Local News

EPA to step in on water rules tied to fish consumption

SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it plans to come up with updated water quality standards for Washington partly tied to how much fish people eat — in case the state doesn’t do it by next year.

Date: 12/18/2014 | Northwest

Cooperative work will meet needs of farms, fish

Can farms and fish co-exist, and even thrive, in Snohomish County's riverways? As co-chairmen of the Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy, we believe the answer is yes — and that fish and farm advocates can make more progress by working together than by fighting each other as both...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Commentary

Lawsuit filed to stop Snake River dredging

SPOKANE — Environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit to prevent dredging of the lower Snake River that enables Lewiston, Idaho, to be the most inland seaport on the West Coast.

Date: 11/25/2014 | Northwest

Replenish steelhead runs with return to hatcheries

As keeper of the angling archives for the Snohomish Sportsmen's Club for the past 55 years, I am somewhat amazed by all the furor over hatchery fish and steelhead in particular. If a person is a poor historian they can't be a good fish biologist. My archive room has many...

Date: 11/23/2014 | Commentary

Stressed streams

Viewpoints: Runoff is making water unfit for salmon

Date: 11/23/2014 | Commentary

Marshland project unlikely to improve fish habitat

After reading "Everett Marshland's future a bit muddy," in the Nov. 4 Herald, I feel it is my civic duty to make some comments. I am no stranger to this subject; I am a retired biologist who...

Date: 11/16/2014 | Commentary

Sea lions may be killing even more Columbia River salmon

LONGVIEW — Sea lions may be killing more returning salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River than previously thought, according to research on fish survival.

Date: 11/07/2014 | Northwest

Snohomish Conservation District merits taxpayer support

In recent weeks, we've outlined some of the budget considerations in addition to K-12 education that the Legislature is going to have to address when it convenes in January, including transportation,

Date: 11/06/2014 | Editorials

Everett Marshland’s future a bit muddy

EVERETT — Low-lying farmland could be turned into hundreds of acres of restored wetland.Or, in the opinion of one farmer, it could be a huge boondoggle.The area is the Everett Marshland on the eastern edge of the Lowell neighborhood, on the west bank of the...

Date: 11/04/2014 | Local News

Film, Oct. 15 at Historic Everett Theatre, depicts fight to save wild steelhead

The wild steelhead, Washington's iconic state fish, will have its Everett debut on the big screen Wednesday, when the newly released documentary, "Wild Reverence: The Wild Steelhead's Last Stand," is shown at the Historic Everett Theatre.In this film, Washington...

Date: 10/14/2014 | Commentary

Meadowdale Beach Park access closed for salmon passage

MEADOWDALE — Snohomish County’s Meadowdale Beach Park remains open, but beach access is shut down seasonally to allow for salmon passage.

Date: 10/10/2014 | Local News

NOAA: Army Corps must improve White River dam to protect fish

SEATTLE — Federal fisheries biologists have told the Army Corps of Engineers it must improve dam operations on the White River east of Tacoma in order to protect endangered salmon.

Date: 10/07/2014 | Northwest

Often Pesky Beavers Put To Work Restoring Streams

ELLENSBURG — In a heavily irrigated Washington valley where fish, crops and people often compete for water, biologists are turning to one of nature’s best engineers to help restore streams and salmon habitat.

Date: 10/07/2014 | Northwest

Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.Concerns about the impact of pot farming...

Date: 09/30/2014 | Business Wire

Once extinct run of salmon on its own now

BELFAIR — Since 2004, biologists and volunteers have been working to restore an extinct population of summer chum salmon on the Tahuya River, which drains into southern Hood Canal southwest of Belfair.

Date: 09/17/2014 | Northwest

The Gulf of Alaska is unusually warm, and weird fish are showing up

Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They’re heating up. In fact, it hasn’t been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Date: 09/16/2014 | Northwest

Salmon habitat project on Smith Island to proceed

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council last week signed off on an agreement that brings it closer to creating salmon habitat on Smith Island.The county plans to create a 350-acre wetland at the mouth of the Snohomish River. The

Date: 09/15/2014 | Local News

Eyes on the water

Viewpoints: Event calls attention to tankers in Salish Sea

Date: 09/14/2014 | Commentary

Large number of salmon return to Columbia River

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of thousands of salmon are making their way from the ocean up the Columbia River this month, a windfall for salmon eaters, and for tribal and recreational fishermen in the Pacific Northwest.

Date: 09/12/2014 | Northwest

First anchors installed in Wanapum Dam repair

SPOKANE — Workers have installed the first of 35 giant anchors intended to stabilize the broken Wanapum Dam.

Date: 09/11/2014 | Northwest

Leave it to the beavers

They’re being relocated as part of an effort to improve ecosystems

Date: 09/06/2014 | Local News

NOAA plan released for Columbia River hatcheries

PORTLAND — A federal agency is recommending continued operation of hatcheries in the Columbia River Basin, with focus on programs that minimize risks to wild salmon and steelhead.The recommendation is part of a hatchery management plan by NOAA Fisheries released Thursday.

Date: 09/05/2014 | Northwest

County Council continues hearing on Smith Island dike removal

EVERETT — A legal agreement to address the concerns of businesses near Snohomish County’s Smith Island salmon-habitat project is still before the County Council.

Date: 09/04/2014 | Local News

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