Decisions give hope for river’s fish, future

Decisions give hope for river’s fish, future By Blaine Harden Seattle Times April 02, 2006 Big rivers in the West are reliable sources of bad news. Dammed for electricity and drained for irrigation, they have pushed salmon into extinction, fishermen into bankruptcy and Indians into despair.This dismal pattern, though, may be ending on the Klamath, long one of the nation’s …

Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune December 11, 2005   State fish biologist Chuck Fustish dips his net into a special fish trap to discover two of the Rogue River basin’s most storied critters are inside. The two tiny fish are juvenile summer steelhead-to-be, infant varieties of the fish hallowed by Zane Grey and classified as a species that …

PGE nears deal on dams

PGE nears deal on dams By Jim Kadera Oregonian November 28, 2005   ESTACADA –Under an agreement nearing completion after years of study and negotiation, Oregon’s largest utility would spend an estimated $200 million on environmental improvements in exchange for a 45-year relicensing of four dams on the Clackamas River. The spending would rival amounts that PacifiCorp will pay for …

Court Says River Plan Cheats Salmon

Court Says River Plan Cheats Salmon By Dean E. Murphy New York Times November 19, 2005   In a setback for the Bush administration, a federal appeals court in San Francisco rejected a federal plan to distribute water to farmers from the troubled Klamath River region in Oregon and California, ruling that more water must remain in the river for …

Water board gets earful on pumping

Water board gets earful on pumping By Dylan Darling Capital Press November 04, 2005   KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Farmers and federal officials can’t expect pumping well water to be a long-term solution for the surface water crunch in the Klamath Basin, Oregon water officials said at a workshop here last week. But state permits for pumping in the parched …

Editorial: Final court for fish

Editorial: Final court for fish Sacramento Bee October 27, 2005   There is a worrisome trend about water and the West that may soon hit close to home: Judges are throwing out Bush administration plans to “restore” endangered fish populations because the plans flunk the test of sound, defensible science. One case involves the Columbia and Snake rivers, which once …