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Salmon are now spawning in waters blocked by Grand Coulee Dam. It's the start of a larger effort to reintroduce salmon into the blocked area.

Conrad Gowell

This summer’s heat wave led to some unhealthy hot water for salmon. But, fish managers said it hasn’t been as devastating for salmon runs as the warm water temperatures were in 2015.

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Tribes across the Northwest called for immediate action to remove the four Lower Snake River dams during a two-day Salmon and Orca summit in western Washington. The group called on President Biden and congressional members to “take bold action, now.”

Congressional Salmon Proposal Reignites Debate About Snake River Dams

Mar 26, 2021
Screenshot from Rep. Simpson video

Competing interests have weighed in this week on a wide-ranging plan to restore salmon by removing the four dams on the Lower Snake River.

Eleven tribal leaders are calling the possibility of salmon going extinct a “moral failure of the highest order.”

Screenshot from Rep. Simpson video

Dam breaching is back on the negotiating table in the Northwest and the latest person to propose it might be considered an unlikely source. He’s using a potential clean energy stimulus package as a way to reopen a sometimes intractable discussion.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) says he and his staff have spent the last three years talking with people in the region about the fate of salmon in the Northwest.

Armcy Corps of Engineers photo

Energy company leaders have sent letters to the governors of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana urging that all parties with interests in the Snake River try to avoid confrontation and work together to solve the issue of endangered salmon.

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Native American groups released several adult salmon into the Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam on Friday, the first time those fish have been in that stretch of waterway since the 1940s.

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Tuesday on the Inland Journal podcast, non-native invasive species are causing headaches for wildlife and fisheries managers in the Northwest. Idaho is trying to keep out the quagga mussel, a little creature which is becoming a nuisance in many parts of the country. We’ll hear about efforts to stop the spread of Washington’s most immediate threat, the northern pike, a big fish that’s gobbling its way toward the Columbia River.

Washington Tribes, Agencies Target Northern Pike

May 6, 2019
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Three Washington Native tribes this week are joining two state agencies and two public utility districts in targeting the northern pike. That’s a big species of fish that’s caught for sport in the upper Midwest, but which fisheries biologists say poses huge potential damage to Northwest salmon runs.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Senate has voted to allow state governments and Indian tribes to kill the sea lions that eat salmon swimming in the Columbia River.

The bill approved on Thursday had the support of all of the senators from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. A similar bill in the House passed by a more than two-to-one margin in June.


A clean energy advocacy group says a new study shows a portfolio of clean energy sources can replace the power provided to the Northwest by the four lower Snake River dams.

Why Are Atlantic Salmon Being Farmed In The Northwest?

Aug 29, 2017

Earlier this month, a net pen broke apart near Washington state's Cypress Island. The pen held 305,000 Atlantic salmon, a non-native fish.

Northwest Tribes Celebrate Salmon in Kettle Falls

Jun 15, 2017
Upper Columbia United Tribes

Today members of several northwest Indian tribes are in Kettle Falls to celebrate the traditional role of salmon in their culture. It’s the second consecutive year such an event has been held. Some of the celebrants arrived in huge hand-carved canoes. They set off from the Keenleyside Dam, near Castlegar, British Columbia, padded down the Columbia River and arrived for a ceremony at the site of one of the most historically prolific fisheries in the Northwest. That fishery disappeared with the building of Grand Coulee Dam in the 1930s and the creation of its reservoir, Lake Roosevelt.

Inland Journal, June 15, 2017

Jun 15, 2017

This week on Inland Journal, we’ll hear excerpts from an Idaho Supreme Court hearing over whether the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the state grocery tax is legal. We’ll talk with Washington state school Superintendent Chris Reykdal about his vision of the state’s schools. We talk about the results of the annual homeless census in Spokane. And the head of the Upper Columbia United Tribes talks about this week’s ceremony in Kettle Falls honoring salmon and their role in Native life.