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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 - OR: Water

Low levels in the Klamath River could make conditions ripe for spreading disease among juvenile salmon. (Patrick McCully/Flickr)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- With the Klamath Basin expected to see one of the driest years on record, struggles for salmon in southern Oregon are piling up this year. The Yurok Tribe and commercial fishing groups tried to convince a federal court that an emergency motion to increase flow in the river wa

The John C. Boyle Dam, southwest of Klamath Falls, is one of four dams slated for removal as early as 2022. (Bobjgalindo/Wikimedia Commons)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Advocates for salmon hope the timeline holds for dam removal on the Klamath River, saying it's a race against time to make sure some salmon species don't go extinct. It's the largest removal project in U.S. history and will demolish four dams in southern Oregon and northern

The low numbers of salmon returning to Northwest rivers are raising concerns about a future without these fish. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- 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 Washi

A measure in Congress would ban mining in 100,000 acres of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area in southwestern Oregon. (Zach Collier/Northwest Rafting Co.)

PORTLAND, Ore. — A hearing is scheduled in Congress today on a bill that would expand public-lands protections in Oregon. Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley have introduced the Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act, which would extend safeguards for the Rogue River and create protections for par

Coho salmon numbers in Oregon dropped below 30,000 in the 1990s from historic averages above 1 million. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Conservation and fishing groups are calling on Oregon to enact stronger protections for salmon from the effects of logging. Twenty groups have petitioned the Oregon Board of Forestry for new rules to prevent logging-related degradation of habitats on state and private timbe

The Oregon Wildlands Act would add 250 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers protections to the state. (Bob Wick/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

PORTLAND, Ore. — More than 50 Oregon brewers say protecting the state's public lands and watersheds keeps craft beer flowing. They're asking Congress to pass new protections before the session runs out. Oregon brewers delivered a letter to some members of the state's Congressional delegation

A bill in the U.S. Senate would add about 30,000 acres to the Devil's Staircase Wilderness. (Mike Putnam)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A bill to protect thousands of acres and miles of river in Oregon has passed out of a key U.S. Senate committee. The Oregon Wildlands Act, introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both D-Ore., would designate more than 200,000 acres as wilderness and national recreation area

More than 80 miles of the Rogue River are protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. (Scott Cordner)

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act turns 50 this year. Conservation groups are praising the law and want to see more of the United States' iconic waterways protected. Oregon is home to the most rivers with wild and scenic designations. They include the Rogue River - one of the

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