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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Salmon Recovery

PHOTO: California's water woes are one of the issues facing Golden State voters on Election Day. Voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1, known as the Water Bond, which sets aside billions to update water infrastructure, recycle water, and improve conservation. Photo of the San Joaquin River courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's water woes are one of the issues facing Golden State voters on Election Day. Voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1, known as the Water Bond, which sets aside billions of dollars to update water infrastructure, recycle water, and improve conservation. Steve ...Read More

PHOTO: Fishermen with a Tillamook Bay Chinook taken on spinners in the middle bay on Tuesday. Fall Chinook are among the most stable wild salmon populations in Oregon, largely because they don't spend as much time in fresh water streams as others. Photo courtesy of Bob Rees.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Every Oregonian who turns on a faucet or casts a fishing line has a stake in what happens with the Clean Water Act. The federal law turns 42 on Saturday, and sportsmen and conservation groups are pushing to strengthen it. The EPA is proposing an update to the Act after court cases ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and the EPA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal the agency says would strengthen protection of streams and wetlands. Photo credit Lou Kellenberger/Florida Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. – This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Manley Fuller, president and CEO of the Florida Wildlif ...Read More

PHOTO: This tiny sturgeon fry could grow up to be 5 to 6 feet in length, and can live for 70 years or more. This weekend's Columbia River Sturgeon Festival in Vancouver, Wash. pays tribute to this prehistoric fish species. Photo courtesy Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon get the lion's share of attention in the Pacific Northwest, but a festival this weekend in Vancouver calls attention to another fascinating fish species. The sturgeon may not be considered beautiful or iconic, but like salmon, it also requires careful management by ...Read More

PHOTO: People who shared their reasons for supporting Wild Olympics legislation with reporters on Thursday included, from left, Michelle Sandoval (Port Townsend), Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Tim McNulty (Sequim), and Bill Taylor (Shelton). Photo credit: Thomas O'Keefe.

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. - A push to add new wilderness acreage to Olympic National Forest gained some momentum Thursday, as members of Congress invited supporters and reporters to the area for an update on the legislation. The "Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act" lost some steam w ...Read More

PHOTO: The Idaho Land Board is considering a permit to allow commercial suction dredging for gold on the Salmon River, even though the EPA says the area is off limits. Photo credit: Jonathan Oppenheimer

BOISE, Idaho – With gold prices at around $1,300 an ounce, motivation is strong to mine for the metal in Idaho. Many rivers and streams can be used by gold panners or suction dredges, but the Environmental Protection Agency has said parts of the Salmon River are off limits to the dredges bec ...Read More

PHOTO: Washington's favorite entree is one reason Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed an update to the state's water quality laws. But commercial fishing and water-keepers' groups are already in court asking the EPA to step in. Photo credit: gbh007/iStockphoto.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing an update to the state's water quality rules. On its surface, it sounds like good news for fans of Northwest-caught seafood. But commercial fishermen and four 'water-keeper' organizations are saying it's too little, too late. They're in federal court, a ...Read More

PHOTO: Mossy Creek, a tributary of the Salmon River, is one of many smaller Oregon streams that doesn't receive Clean Water Act protections. The EPA has proposed a rule to protect more small or seasonal streams. Photo credit: Nic Callero, National Wildlife Federation.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule it says will clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act - and, perhaps just as important, which are not. For Oregon, the difference could be critical for hundreds of miles of streams, as well as for ...Read More

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