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2008-07-24 18:00:35

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 24--One of the great fish surprises in years has landed in the Northwest: Sockeye salmon, an ocean-going species that starts and ends its life hundreds of river miles inland, have swum their way up the Columbia River this summer in numbers unseen in five decades. No one knows exactly why. Some say it's because federal courts ordered the release of extra water over dams in 2006 and 2007 to make passage easier when the fish were young...

2008-06-25 18:02:34

By John Trumbo, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 25--Hikers and bikers have a new path to explore on the Franklin County side of the Snake River. A 15-mile section of the Columbia Plateau Trail, beginning at Ice Harbor Dam, leads through several wildlife areas and day use facilities as far as the Snake River Junction Trailhead. State officials dedicated the reworked trail segment Tuesday, noting it's an important part of state efforts to complete several cross-state trails in...

2008-06-25 15:02:34

By Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks Herald, N.D. Jun. 25--WARREN, Minn. -- Authorities broke ground Tuesday on a $10.5 million rural flood-control project. The Agassiz Valley Water Resource Management project is designed to hold water back from the Snake River during times of flooding. The project will occupy about four sections of land (about 2,600 acres) in Marshall and Polk counties. It extends to McCrea and Comstock townships in Marshall County and Brislet and Helgeland townships in Polk...

2008-06-17 15:00:24

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jun. 17--Back to court, again. Environmental groups will sue the federal government over its latest plan to balance imperiled salmon with the operation of hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River basin. Save Our Wild Salmon, a coalition of conservation groups, announced on Monday its intention to mount a legal challenge against the Bush administration's latest effort. This time, however, conservation groups won't have the support of...

2008-06-17 09:00:31

By Nate Poppino, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho Jun. 17--SUN VALLEY -- Someone must be doing things right when a panel on the Clean Water Act draws a standing-room-only crowd. The Idaho Water Users Association's annual water law seminar, a two-seminar that began Monday at the Sun Valley Inn, brought canal companies, irrigators, state officials, tribal representatives, lawyers and others together for a review of the major issues facing the state. Speakers gave updates on litigation...

2008-05-23 00:00:11

By Scott Sandsberry By Eric Barker Lewiston Tribune LEWISTON, Idaho -- Just about anywhere you find fresh water you can find crawfish. If you can't, just ask Wally Biederstedt of Lewiston. He'll gladly tell you where the hot crawfishing spots are and even sell you a trap or two. Before long you'll be boiling a mess of mudbugs and preparing for a Cajun feast. Good crawdad fishing can be found in most of the rivers and lakes in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington. The...

2007-04-15 03:00:18

By Slaughter, Richard A; Wiener, John D ABSTRACT: Water demand in a viable economy tends to be dynamic: it changes over time in response to growth, drought, and social policy. Institutional capacity to re-allocate water between users and uses under stress from multiple sources is a key concern. Climate change threatens to add to those stresses in snowmelt systems by changing the timing of runoff and possibly increasing the severity and duration of drought. This article examines Snake and...

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2006-01-26 06:09:25

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Conceding that using hatcheries to supplement dwindling salmon populations is harming wild salmon species in some cases, the Bush administration plans to move away from the practice in favor of a more direct solution: Catch fewer fish. James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, announced the new policy Wednesday at a meeting of salmon scientists, many of whom have concluded that wild Pacific salmon will become practically extinct this...

2005-08-22 07:48:39

By Adam Tanner TWIN FALLS, Idaho (Reuters) - Steve Anderton climbed over the chest-high metal railing of the Perrine Bridge and planted his feet onto a tiny wooden platform little bigger than his two hiking boots. He paused for a few seconds as he looked out at the Snake River 480 feet below and jumped. While extending both arms, he curled up his body to flip backward and release a parachute, which allowed him to steer to the side of the riverbank in a safe landing. Dare trying a...

2005-06-11 09:43:45

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge ordered U.S. officials to increase the volume of water spilled through five dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers to make it easier for imperiled salmon species to reach the ocean. U.S. District Judge James Redden, however, rejected a request to increase by 10 percent the speed of the rivers' water flow. Environmentalists had said that would lower water temperatures and further help the salmons' migration to the sea. "The fall chinook run is in danger"...


Latest Snake River Reference Libraries

Tentacled Snake, Erpeton tentaculatum
2013-10-07 09:56:54

The Tentacled Snake (Erpeton tentaculatum) gets its name from the two fleshy rostral appendages (tentacles) located on the snakes snout. This unique feature allows for simple classification of the species and makes it one of the most easily recognizable snakes on the planet. Each scale-covered tentacle measures less than a quarter inch (4-5 mm). You may also hear this species referred to as the Fishing Snake or the Tentacled Fishing Snake because the species is strictly piscivorous, meaning...

Mole Snake, Pseudaspis cana
2013-10-07 09:34:45

The Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana) is a South African species of snake in the Colubridae family. Like a majority of this family, the mole snake is non-venomous, although it can be quite aggressive and has been known to cause severe bite wounds. Although the young have dark markings and spots, a fully developed mole snake is usually mostly one color. Colors may vary from brown, grey, yellow and black. The Mole Snake may grow up to lengths of almost seven feet. Interestingly enough, the color...

2012-06-14 13:09:30

Symbol: PHINI Group: Dicot Family: Brassicaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   PHDII Physaria didymocarpa (Hook.) A. Gray var. integrifolia Rollins Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:WY Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta –...

Idaho Ground Squirrel, (Urocitellus brunneus)
2012-04-23 06:30:00

The Idaho ground squirrel (Urocitellus brunneus), also called the Idaho Spotted ground squirrel, is one of the largest of the ground squirrel breed. It has two subspecies, both located in Idaho. Both the northern and southern Idaho ground squirrels have a sexual diphorism, where the males are usually larger than the females. This ground squirrel species generally weighs between .3 pounds and .4 pounds, with an average length of 9.2 inches. They hibernate from eight to nine months a year. The...

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2007-03-14 20:02:42

The Utah sucker, Catostomus ardens, is a sucker of the family Catostomidae found in the upper Snake River and the Lake Bonneville areas of western North America. This is a large fish, up to 25.59 in (65 cm) in length. Relatively elongate for a sucker, the back area between the head and dorsal fin is somewhat elevated. The mouth is entirely under the snout, with thick lips, of which the upper lip has eight rows of coarse papillae, the second and third rows from the inside being...

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