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Alarming ‘Salmon Extinction Act’ Passes in U.S. House

Alarming ‘Salmon Extinction Act’ Passes in U.S. House

A small group led by Republicans in Congress spearheaded a bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. If the bill becomes law, it could lead to the eventual extinction of wild salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers—iconic species in the Pacific Northwest that the federal government is required by law […]

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    California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying

    California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying

    A judge has ordered the California Department of Food and Agriculture to stop using chemical pesticides in its statewide program until the agency complies with state environmental laws. The injunction, issued late last week, is a sweeping victory for 11 public-health, conservation, citizen and food-safety groups and the city of Berkeley. The coalition sued the […]

    Emergency Order Aims to Protect Resident Orcas

    Emergency Order Aims to Protect Resident Orcas

    Canada is losing a lot of its wildlife. The World Wildlife Fund’s 2017 Living Planet Report Canada found half the monitored mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species declined from 1970 to 2014. Threatened and endangered species continue to disappear despite federal legislation designed to protect them and help their populations recover. What’s going wrong? […]

    The Pebble Mine Is Too Toxic Even for the Trump Administration

    The Pebble Mine Is Too Toxic Even for the Trump Administration

    In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it is suspending its effort to reverse an Obama-era plan to restrict mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska based on a controversial mine project’s risks to the region’s important salmon fisheries and natural resources. The unexpected move from President Trump’s pro-business administration was a blow […]

    Salmon and Orca Survival Threatened by Chlorpyrifos Pesticide: Government Report

    Salmon and Orca Survival Threatened by Chlorpyrifos Pesticide: Government Report

    A group of three widely used agricultural pesticides jeopardizes the survival of endangered salmon, according to a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) biological opinion unveiled this week. Chlorpyrifos, malathion and diazinon—all organophosphate pesticides—harm salmon and their habitat to the point that their survival and recovery are at risk, according to the report. Southern Resident Killer […]

    Is This How We Save Wild Salmon?

    Is This How We Save Wild Salmon?

    By Jim Yuskavitch Frank Moore is a fly-fishing legend—at least along Oregon’s North Umpqua River, which has been renowned for its summer steelhead since the 1930s, when Western fiction author Zane Grey fished its waters. Moore is a D-Day veteran; he returned after the war to live beside the river with his wife, Jeanne. Together, […]

    Where Have All the Salmon Gone?

    Where Have All the Salmon Gone?

    By Heather Smith To get to the largest surviving population of wild Spring Chinook salmon on the Klamath River, I drive farther north than I’ve ever been in California, then turn right. Gradually, the highways disappear, and the roads narrow. Commerce becomes more improvisational. Grocery stores and restaurants disappear and in their place there is […]