Conservation groups are suing Klickitat County over potential development they argue could damage sensitive habitat along the White Salmon River.
RICHLAND, Wash. - This week crews are cleaning up about 30 train cars full of coal that overturned near Mesa in Eastern Washington. The accident has raised questions about proposed increased train shipments of coal through the nearby Columbia River Gorge.
Oregon voters likely will decide this fall whether to ban gillnet fishing in the Columbia River and other state waters. Campaigners say they turned in enough signatures Monday to qualify their gillnet ban as a ballot measure in the November election.
Environmental groups have forced state foresters into a strategic retreat, in a legal battle over a threatened seabird. As a result, ten state-run timber sales have been delayed.
The U.S. Forest Service has made forest thinning one of its top priorities, particularly in fire-prone and unhealthy dry forests. But environmental groups say dense Douglas fir plantations on the wet side of the Cascades need to be thinned too. And that could help increase the lumber supply.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire fly over the Columbia and Willamette rivers Friday to get a bird's eye view of the derelict and abandoned vessels languishing in those waters. UPDATE (Friday p.m.): Kitzhaber and Gregoire return from flyover with reaction.
Tsunami debris and invasive stowaways, logging roads and water pollution, coal in the Northwest and loud motorcycles - this week on the EarthFix podcast.
Environmental regulators have detected high levels of fecal coliform in one of the Northwest's most important areas for growing food.
Here’s your guide to coal in the Northwest: The latest on where the terminals are proposed and how increased train traffic may affect communities along way.