Nez Perce Tribe Files Intent-To-Sue Notice Over Gold Mining Site In Area Of Salmon Restoration; Company Says Did Not Cause Current Pollution Issues

June 13th, 2019

The Nez Perce Tribe recently filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Midas Gold Idaho, Inc., alleging the mining company has been illegally discharging arsenic and other pollutants at Stibnite Gold Project site in the headwaters of the South Fork of the Salmon River.

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Biological Opinions

NW Power/Conservation Council Hears Details On Flexible Spill Agreement To Aid Juvenile Salmonids

February 15th, 2019

An agreement was signed by federal agencies, states and one tribe in December that sets a framework for how spring and some summer spill at Columbia/Snake river dams will be conducted this year and for a couple of years into the future until its concept can be tucked into a new environmental impact statement and biological opinion of the federal power system in 2020 and into the interim 2018 BiOp expected to be released by NOAA Fisheries in April.

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Biological Opinions

Parties Sign Agreement On Flexible Spill For Fish Passage At Columbia/Snake Dams

December 21st, 2018

An agreement signed this week by federal agencies, states and a tribe promises additional spring spill next year at Columbia and Snake river dams to aid juvenile salmon passage, but how the spill is conducted will be by agreement among six parties and not by court order, as it was in spring 2018.

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Climate Change

Inslee Budget Includes Over $1 Billion For Orcas/Salmon; $750,000 For Task Force On Snake Dams

December 21st, 2018

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced late last week a budget that includes investments to save Southern Resident orca whales in Puget Sound. Much of his budget is aimed at increasing the number of chinook salmon, the killer whales’ primary food source, in the Columbia River basin and in Puget Sound, and includes funding a task force to look at breaching Snake River dams.

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