Return of the Kings on the Elwha

Spawning king salmon have been sighted twice upriver from the former dam sites on the
newly free Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula.

photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey

By their very nature, dam-removal projects require a certain amount of faith. Fisheries biologists can guess how fish stocks will react to freed sections of river, but no one really knows if the fish will come back—especially if they have been gone for almost a century. The recent destruction of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River is a case in point. But in this situation, it seems that, if biologists’ predictions were wrong, it’s that they. . .

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Video: “Against the Current,” Battles Over Water in the American West

Against the Current from Metamorph Films on Vimeo.

Here’s a great video—made by Metamorph Films for Trout Unlimited—that explores the issue of water rights and trout conservation in the West. Using the Yellowstone River as an example, the film shows how ranching and trout conservation are often in conflict. But there are ways to irrigate crops and maintain stream flows, allowing ranchers and environmentalists to work together. It actually ends up working better for the ranchers, but it requires a willingness to look for solutions.

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Watch the “Frontline” Episode on Pebble Mine

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If you didn’t get a chance to watch PBS’s “Frontline” last night, they’ve put the whole thing online. This is a great exploration of the issues involved, both pro- and anti-mine. But there’s plenty here to scare the crap out of anyone who understands how valuable the Bristol bay ecosystem is for salmon, trout, and ever other species in the region. Take some time tonight or over the next few days to watch this, and if you feel. . .

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PBS’s “Frontline” Covers Pebble Mine Tonight!

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Pebble Mine is receiving a lot of attention from the national press of late. Two weeks ago, Dan Rather reported live from King Salmon, Alaska, with a panel of experts. (You can dowload the program here for $1.99) Tonight, television’s best investigative-journalism show, PBS’s “Frontline,” takes a hard look at the issues raised by the proposed open-pit mine. The episode, called “Treasure Hunting: The Battle Over Alaska’s Mega Mine,” lays out the. . .

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An Urgent Call to Help Save Wild Tigers

Tiger numbers are dwindling due to habitat loss and poaching.

photo via

Around the world, tiger numbers are at an all-time low—dropping from 100,000 to as few as 3,200 over the last century. Demand for tiger parts in some Asian countries is resulting in poaching and trade that will empty forests of. . .

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Report from May 31 EPA Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Public Hearing

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About half the crowd that attended last night’s important EPA hearing in Seattle.

photo by Leland Miyawaki

Last night, approximately 300 people gathered at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle for a meeting hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to present information and hear thoughts about the draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment that EPA has released for public review and comment. This meeting was one of a series of public meetings to be held during the public comment period and the only. . .

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