Native tribes in the Columbia River Basin face a disproportionate risk of toxic exposure through their most important food. While tribes have pushed the government to pay closer attention to dangerous chemicals and metals in fish, that hasn’t happened. So, we did our own testing. What we found was alarming for tribes.
In other news, the recent bout of frigid November temperatures has further shrunk an already light apple harvest in Washington and the Bandon Hatchery and Coquille Tribe are excited with the replenished Chinook salmon numbers following years of dwindling returns.
On Thursday, a coalition of tribes, environmental groups and the U.S. government asked a federal judge for another year to craft a long-term plan that protects fish while safeguarding the region’s power system.
Amid drastic declines in Chinook salmon in the Coquille River watershed, the Coquille Indian Tribe last year began pushing the state for more authority in managing natural resources in southwest Oregon, culminating in a state commission approving an agreement on June 17.