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PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2019 


Joe Biden tells supporters he intends to run in the 2020 presidential election. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: A landmark bill in California would ban toxic chemicals in cosmetics; and groups sue to end disease-spreading elk feeding.

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Public News Service - ID: Water

Salmon and steelhead have been returning up the Columbia River to Idaho in historically low numbers. (Ryndon Ricks/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Columbia River Treaty negotiators from the United States and Canada are meeting in Washington, D.C., and Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, has said the environment and endangered species aren't a priority in those discussions. That has groups who want to save Northwest salmon from extin

The ongoing government shutdown is delaying a key permit needed to keep steelhead season open in Idaho. (Ryndon Ricks/Flickr)

RIGGINS, Idaho - Idaho communities that rely on steelhead fishing soon could feel pain from the government shutdown. Last year, an expired federal permit for endangered steelhead threatened to close the entire season. However, anglers and environmental groups reached a deal last month to keep it op

Federal judges have blocked CuMo exploration projects twice in the past. (acleave1022/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – The government shutdown has caused the cancellation of a U.S. Forest Service public meeting on a mining project in the Boise National Forest. Now, some Idahoans are concerned they'll be left in the dark. The Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation, owned by a Canadian mining company,

Acrylic fiber could be used as a cheap and effective way to clean up polluted mining sites. (EARTHWORKS/Flickr)

MOSCOW, Idaho — Idaho researchers may have found a new, green technology that is perfectly suited for cleaning up environmental messes: yarn. Scientists at LCW Supercritical Technologies in Moscow and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that acrylic fiber is highly effective a

Suction dredge mining is an intensive process that can destroy fish habitat. (Idaho Conservation League)

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – A conservation group has filed suit against a California man for suction dredge gold mining on the South Fork of the Clearwater River without a permit under the Clean Water Act. The Idaho Conservation League describes Shannon Poe, who heads a mining advocacy group, as a

Algae blooms can be toxic for humans when ingested in large quantities. (Idaho Department of Environmental Quality)

CORRECTION: Idaho DEQ says no algae was found near Rexburg where a dog died after swimming last week. A previous version of this story stated algae caused the death. The dog's cause of death still is unknown. BOISE, Idaho – An environmental group is warning that toxic algae blooms are threat

Salmon runs on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River have fallen drastically since the lower Snake River dams were built, according to the National Wildlife Federation. (Rex Parker/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. House is set to vote on Wednesday on a bill that would add federal protections to four lower Snake River dams. Conservation groups are concerned it would spell doom for salmon and steelhead in the Northwest, which already have seen sharply reduced runs because of the da

Conservation and fishing groups say four lower Snake River dams are driving salmon to the brink of extinction. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

BOISE, Idaho – A new study finds hydropower from the lower Snake River dams could be replaced with renewable-energy sources, potentially providing a framework for saving the region's salmon. A major linchpin in the argument against breaching the four dams has been the energy they produce, wh

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