Environment



Congress floats river program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Columbia River Restoration Act has passed in the House and the Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act. The legislation will now be sent to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

December 14, 2016 3:57 p.m. read more..


Columbia River Restoration Act passes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Columbia River Restoration Act passed in the House and the Senate Friday as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

December 10, 2016 1:07 p.m. read more..


Derailment costs continue to rise

VANCOUVER (AP) — Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed in Mosier, officials in Washington, Oregon, and elsewhere are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad.

December 7, 2016 3:17 p.m. read more..
 

Agencies look at dam removal

Three federal agencies will take public comment in The Dalles tonight, Dec. 6, about the effect of 14 dams on air, water, land and wildlife along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

December 6, 2016 3:04 p.m. read more..
 

Scenic Area celebrates birth

November 2016 marks three decades since a reluctant President Ronald Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act into law. Reagan reportedly held his nose while he penned a crucial turning point in the long-simmering battle over the gorge’s fate.

November 23, 2016 4:20 p.m. read more..


The battle over a state-owned forest

COOS BAY (AP) — In December, the Oregon State Land Board will meet to announce the fate of the Elliott State Forest after public testimony. Last year, the board decided to sell off 82,500 acres that belong to the Common School Fund because it was hemorrhaging money. After several lawsuits, one over violations of the Endangered Species Act, the state began looking for a way to compensate for the $4 million loss that state land director Jim Paul said the school fund has incurred since 2013.

November 22, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..


Groups, BNSF reach deal on coal dust suit

A coalition of environmental groups last Tuesday reached a tentative agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), signaling the end of a three-year court tussle over coal pollution.

November 22, 2016 11:22 a.m. read more..


TD pipeline protester sets out to N. Dakota

For Thanksgiving this year, The Dalles resident Solea Kabakov will be offering herself as a shield to protect Native American elders offering prayers in protest of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

November 22, 2016 11:16 a.m. read more..


New line on track in Mosier

Wasco County has given a green light to Union Pacific Railroad’s expansion plans for the Mosier area. On Sept. 26, the county planning commission voted 5-2 to approve the railroad’s “Mosier Double Track Extension” project, although there are multiple conditions attached to the approval.

September 30, 2016 1:47 p.m. read more..


Helicopter activities resume in scenic area

With the decrease in fire risk this fall, helicopter activity will resume in the upper Catherine and Major Creek areas as part of a project to restore historic forest types in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The area is located northwest of Lyle and the Klickitat River.

September 28, 2016 3:42 p.m. read more..


Dying fir, pine trees dot horizon

It is not unusual to see orange, rust and brown foliage dotting the landscape during the fall months, but when evergreens start changing colors, it’s indicative of a problem, Oregon Forestry Department officials say.

September 20, 2016 5:22 p.m. read more..
 

River Traffic

A fishing boat set up to work with gillnets motors down the Columbia River in The Dalles as a tanker train, typically used to transport oil by rail, waits on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe side line near Dallesport for the eastbound Amtrak passenger train to pass.

September 15, 2016 2:31 p.m. read more..

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