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Columbia Gorge Coal and Oil Trains

On a tour of the Columbia River last month, CRITFC Executive Director Paul Lumley and Corps of Engineers representatives stopped at Columbia Hills State Park. Here they discovered a tremendous amount of coal and coal dust from trains that travel along the river there....
Underwood In-lieu Site Fire

Underwood In-lieu Site Fire

A fire at the Underwood In‑lieu Site on September 15 destroyed or damaged much of the north end of the site. Early indications are the blaze started around 6:00 a.m. when a propane tank connected to a cooking stove that a resident was using caught fire. The fire...
Tribal Restoration Efforts Paying Off

Tribal Restoration Efforts Paying Off

Back in the 1970s, salmon runs were declining so quickly that there was a real worry that they would go extinct in some areas. In 1980, only 470,000 salmon total passed Bonneville Dam—and that’s adding up chinook, sockeye, and coho. In 1995, the tribes released the...
A Record-Breaking Day

A Record-Breaking Day

On September 7, 67,024 fall chinook passed Bonneville Dam. The very next day, 67,521 passed, breaking the record for number of fish passing the dam since it was built back in 1938. Over those two days, 134,545 fall chinook passed Bonneville Dam—more fish than the...