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The Chelan County PUD officially opposes removal of lower Snake River Dams. On Monday the PUD Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution proposed by Commissioner Randy Smith that says the PUD supports preserving hydropower generation at the four dams and joins other public utilities in opposing their removal. Smith told KOHO he’s not sure…

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In support of salmon recovery, the State Department of Ecology seeks feedback on proposed rule changes that would impact dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The changes aim to help increase salmon migration, which could then boost prey for struggling orcas, as Marcus Bellissimo reports. Learn more about the proposed rule changes here and…

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State regulators want to increase the amount of water that’s spilled over eight dams in order to help juvenile salmon survive as they migrate in the Columbia and Snake rivers. Increasing salmon populations could also help the region’s shrinking orca population. There’s a meeting on the proposal today in Vancouver, as Eric Tegethoff reports.

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Salmon have largely been cut off from the Upper Columbia River for the last 80 years, since the construction of the Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams. Caj Matheson, Director of Natural Resources for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, told KOHO work is underway by tribes, environmental groups, farmers and state and federal agencies to reintroduce…

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Washingtonians have until today to submit their thoughts on the Southern Resident Orca Task Force‘s recommendations for saving the endangered population. In this multi-part series on KOHO, we’ll explore why the orca population has dwindled, what state agencies and conservation groups are trying to do about it, and how North Central Washington is part of the solution.

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The 28th annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival starts today with thousands of students from across Central Washington coming to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery to learn about all things salmon. Community Day is Saturday, with “edu-tainment” for the whole family. KOHO’s Dan Langager talked with the Festival’s Director Corky Broaddus about how it’s grown over…

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