Columbia River

Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Artist Maya Lin To Visit The University of Oregon

Maya Lin's Cape Disappointment artwork.

Artist and architect Maya Lin will give a free lecture at the University of Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 20. Lin will discuss her two newest projects in the Northwest involving outdoor installations.

The Confluence Project stretches 438 miles along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon. It’s comprised of six outdoor installations that began in 2005 and will be complete in 2017.

Confluence Executive Director Colin Fogarty says native leaders and elders from Columbia River tribes asked Maya Lin to do the project.

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Wanapum Dam
7:25 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Endangered Chinook Migrate Via Trucks Around Cracked Dam

At Priest Rapids Dam workers practice transporting salmon in trucks. They'll have to transport hundreds of fish a day so the salmon can get past the lowered water and several dams.
Credit Anna King

The Columbia River will remain drawn down at least until June because of the cracked Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington. That means fish can’t reach their traditional ladders. Engineers are working on a fix. But this week, hundreds of Chinook salmon are being rounded up and loaded into tanker trucks to hitch a ride around the problem.

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Wanapum Dam
7:38 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Outside Experts Weigh In On Columbia River’s Damaged Wanapum Dam

Newly exposed riverbank sprawls out upstream on the Columbia River from Wanapum Dam. Grant County engineers have lowered the pool above the dam, to ease pressure on the structure that has a major crack in part of its spillway.
Credit Anna King

A situation on the Columbia River is rapidly unfolding with the damaged Wanapum Dam near Vantage, in Central Washington. Teams of engineers are scrambling to figure out what’s gone wrong with part of Wanapum’s spillway structure. Correspondent Anna King winded her way up the Columbia River to the dam, and files this investigative report.

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Pacific lamprey
7:15 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Creating A Northwest Lamprey Hatchery

7-month old lamprey.
Credit Courtney Flatt

Pacific lamprey numbers are quickly declining throughout Northwestern waters. Tribal elders remember times when the Columbia River was black with the eel-like fish.

Now, Northwest researchers are trying to develop a lamprey hatchery – the first of its kind in the world. But, there are challenges ahead.

Pacific lampreys were once a major staple in Northwest tribes’ diets. The oils were a source of vitamins. Babies used lamprey tails as teething rings.

Now, as numbers decline, lamprey only make it to the table during ceremonies or special occasions.

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