In Bozeman, Mont., the Water Reclamation Facility treats more than 6 million gallons of water every day from sinks, showers, toilets — really anything that goes down a drain. That includes liquid waste from more than 10 breweries in this city of nearly 50,000. Continue Reading Beer Waste Helps Montana Town Save Money On Water Treatment
Don’t feel bad for not noticing the blunt-leaf orchid. Native to bogs in the Pacific Northwest among other places, this unassuming little flower is easy to miss. It’s green all over like the moss it grows out of — right down to its green flowers. Continue Reading The Mosquito And The Northwest Orchid: A Love Story. Sort Of.
The Trans Mountain expansion, which would add more than 600 miles to the pipeline and increase its capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000, has been mired in controversy and legal battles since Canada’s cabinet first approved the project in 2016. Continue Reading Canadian Court Clears The Way For Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion; First Nations Opposed
A rancher is rattled by the recent slaying of one of his cows near Hampton, Oregon. Continue Reading ‘You’re Scared To Go Out Without A Gun’: Another Mutilated Cow In Central Oregon Rattles Ranchers
As more old orchard land in central Washington is converted into housing developments and schools, there are concerns over legacy pesticides in the soil where children play and families live. That’s especially true in Wenatchee and Yakima.
Continue Reading Group Aims To Address Pesticides In Central Washington’s Soil
The Trump administration is stripping clean water protections put in place by President Barack Obama, and some in the industry worry that the regulatory changes will threaten their business. Continue Reading Clean Water Protection Businesses Could Dry Up As Trump Administration Rolls Back Regulations
At the start of 2020, the situation looked dismal. After a dry start to the season, Washington and Oregon had less than half the amount of snow they’d normally see in the mountains. Then came the first few weeks of January. Continue Reading Low Snow To Snowmageddon: January Dumps Gave Needed Bump To Northwest’s Lagging Snowpack
In Washington Skagit Valley, a conflict is unfolding between the Upper Skagit Tribe and farmers as elk are making a comeback there. Continue Reading In Washington’s Skagit Valley, Elk Raise Tensions Between Tribal Members And Farmers
For years, engineers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have worked to design a hydroelectric turbine that’s safer for fish. They’ve recently installed a new design that’s improving energy efficiency and improving fish survival along the Snake River, with plans to upgrade more turbines over the next several years. Continue Reading New Hydroelectric Turbine Design Aims To Improve Fish Passage At Snake River Dams
With Northwest salmon and steelhead on the brink, there are new efforts being brokered to save the famed fish. Continue Reading Northwest Salmon And Steelhead In Peril, And Efforts To Save Them Scale Up In Idaho
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday the young plaintiffs had “made a compelling case that action is needed,” but they did not have legal standing to bring the case. Continue Reading Youth-Led Climate Lawsuit ‘Reluctantly’ Dismissed By Federal 9th Circuit Appeals Court
Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines. The groups estimate there are around 300 wolverines left, sparsely scattered across the Mountain West, including Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Continue Reading Where Have All The Wolverines Gone? Apparently Not On The Endangered Species List (Yet)