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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - ID: Water

Only 14 salmon born in central Idaho's Redfish Lake returned from the ocean last year. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

BOISE, Idaho -- Sockeye salmon offspring are making their way from central Idaho to the Pacific Ocean. Many people in the Northwest see the 1,000-mile journey as miraculous. But the tiny smolt face a number of challenges and the species is near extinction. Andy Munter is the owner of Backwoods M

The South Fork Salmon River in central Idaho is a popular recreation river. (Wendy Jones/American Rivers)

MCCALL, Idaho -- For the third year in a row, the South Fork Salmon River has been named one of the most endangered in the country. That's according the group American Rivers, which has released its list of the country's ten most threatened rivers. For the South Fork Salmon, the threat comes from

Salmon and steelhead return numbers on the Snake River have plummeted in recent decades. (Matthew Dillon/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Energy companies and conservation groups want to bridge the divide on a contentious issue in the Northwest: the future of four Snake River dams. This week, utilities and environmental groups came together to write an open letter to the governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washing

The area where Rexburg is located is classified as desert because of its scant rainfall. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

REXBURG, Idaho – A city in southeast Idaho on Thursday is being honored for its water conservation efforts. Rexburg has won the annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation after residents pledged in April to reduce their water use by 42 million gallons over the next year.

Hells Canyon Dam is one of three hydroelectric dams operated by Idaho Power on the Snake River. (Sam Beebe/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – River conservation groups are challenging water permits issued to Idaho Power for its Hells Canyon complex of dams on the Snake River. The petition was filed this week in Oregon, by Idaho Rivers United and Pacific Rivers. The groups say the Oregon Department of Environmental Q

Roughly 400,000 cows in the Magic Valley produce as much waste as 12 million people. (Lee O'Dell/Adobe Stock)

KETCHUM, Idaho – Water quality in and around the Snake River in southern Idaho is on the decline, according to a new report. The Idaho Conservation League's survey of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer finds an increase in pollutants, especially nitrogen and phosphorus – in some cases exc

Idaho communities rely on the return of salmon and steelhead each year. (Nan Palmero/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – A diverse group of stakeholders will be in Boise on Friday to develop a plan to save Idaho's salmon and steelhead trout. The gathering was established at the behest of Gov. Brad Little. At an environmental conference at Boise State in April, Little instructed the Office of Spe

Salmon populations in the Northwest continue to spiral downward. (biker3/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho — Major Northwest stakeholders are gathering today at Boise State University to discuss salmon recovery and the region's power system. The theme for the 2019 Environmental Conference is "Energy, Salmon, Agriculture and Community: Can We Come Together?" Guests and speakers includ

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