UNDERSTANDING COAL and CARBON and WATER (as U.S. weighs coal regulations and alternatives)

IF COAL = CARBON, how do carbon emissions affect RIVERS, WATERSHEDS and FRESHWATER SUPPLIES? (Facts from THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS) Air pollution: Burning coal creates smog, soot, acid rain, global warming and toxic air emissions. It is the single biggest air polluter in the U.S. and those airborne particulates fall onto land and into … Continue reading UNDERSTANDING COAL and CARBON and WATER (as U.S. weighs coal regulations and alternatives)

Happy Migratory Fish Species Day!

Kuki Gallmann, the first Ambassador for Migratory Species, has staged many celebrations of World Migratory Bird Day at her home in Kenya. NWNL Director was proud to attend the first of these joyful events. This year Kuki Gallmann released a video to mark World Migratory Bird Day. Her words (transcribed below by NWNL) apply equally … Continue reading Happy Migratory Fish Species Day!

What are anadromous fish?

Tomorrow is World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). The ancient migration story of fish ascending rivers from oceans to breed is miraculous.  Such fish - called anadromous, from the Greek word  “anadramein” meaning “running upward” - include salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, lamprey in the Pacific Northwest; and shad, sturgeon, alewives and herring along the US East … Continue reading What are anadromous fish?

Our Great Migrators

*NWNL thoughts prior to World Fish Migration Day-5/24.* Many are unaware of the exquisite sarabande of life personified by our migratory species: anadromous fish, birds, monarch butterflies, dragonflies and others. Most migratory species are threatened in one form or another during their annual passages by manmade impediments. Today, on expedition along the Snake River, NWNL … Continue reading Our Great Migrators

Wahkeena Creek cascades down rocky scrambles before a final steep plunge merges into the Columbia River downstream. Wahkeena is a Yakima Indian word meaning "most beautiful."

Columbia/Snake River system is #1 in West Coast wood exports

The Columbia Snake River system is a vital transportation link for the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The economies of these four states rely on the trade and commerce that flows up and down the most important commercial waterway of the Northwest.*   *See Fact Sheet from Pacific Northwest Waterways Association. - Posted … Continue reading Columbia/Snake River system is #1 in West Coast wood exports