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PNS Daily Newscast - January 23, 2018. 


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Public News Service - WA: Salmon Recovery

Even low levels of three commonly-used pesticides can cause abnormal development of salmon. (William M. Ciesla/USDA Forest Service)

SEATTLE – A trio of widely-used pesticides threatens Northwest salmon and the orca that rely on them, even with these species on the brink of extinction. That's according to a biological opinion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries office that the environmenta

Northwest orcas are suffering from a lack of food, particularly salmon. (Ingrid Taylar/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- The devastating video of a starving polar bear has pulled on Americans' heartstrings this week. And scientists say West Coast orcas are in a similarly dire situation. The population of southern resident killer whales dropped to 76, the lowest number in 30 years. Southern residents are t

A federal judge will allow $37 million to be spent to improve the Ice Harbor Dam, but the Corps of Engineers will have to give advance notice of future investments. (salmonrecovery/Flickr)

SEATTLE – A federal judge has ordered more water be released from dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers to improve survival chances for endangered salmon in the region. The order came from U.S. District Judge Michael Simon on a motion filed by conservation groups that had support from t

Groups are asking federal agencies to stop investments in the lower Snake River dams, which could be torn down to help salmon populations. (BLM/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Conservation and fishing groups are calling for a halt to spending projects on four lower Snake River dams that they say could be torn down to help salmon in the Northwest. The groups filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Portland this week to cut off an estimated $110 million in proj

The EPA's proposed

SEATTLE – There could be less sewage in Puget Sound if a proposal is approved to ban boats from dumping their so-called "blackwater." Today is the final day the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking public comments on a proposal to create a "No Discharge Zone," stretching from O

Researchers and others believe breaching the four Lower Snake River dams could give Puget Sound orcas more fish to feed on. (Seabamirum/Flickr)

SPOKANE, Wash. – As the public weighs in today in Spokane on the future of the Lower Snake River dams, researchers are calling for their removal in order to save Puget Sound orcas. In October, two members of the J pod of Southern Resident killer whales died, and scientists at the Center for

A federal appeals court has ruled that Washington state must repair culverts blocking salmon from swimming to upstream habitats. (Matthew_Hull/morguefile)

SEATTLE – Native American tribes in Washington state received a victory Monday from a federal appeals court that ruled the state must pay to fix fish blocking culverts. Culverts allow rivers and streams to flow underneath roadways, but can be trouble for salmon swimming upstream if the culve

The Southern Resident orca population is making its way to the inland waters of western Washington. (Robert Pittman/NOAA)

SEATTLE – June is Orca Awareness Month, the time of year when killer whales return to the inland waters of western Washington. The endangered residents of Northwest orca pods face a number of threats, the most severe being a shortage of food, which is mainly Chinook salmon. "Our efforts ar

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