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Too Much Weed! Cannabis Applications Making Planning Staff Sick and Must Be Paused, Management Says

Senior staff with County of Humboldt’s planning and building department say that experienced planners are falling physically ill and preparing to flee the department due to the “untenable level of stress” placed on them by the county’s new commercial cannabis ...

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Judge: Salmon Recovery Requires Big Dam Changes on Snake River

For the fifth time, a federal judge has called for an overhaul of Columbia and Snake River dam operations to preserve salmon and steelhead. In his ruling, he urged renewed consideration of Lower Snake River dam removal. A federal judge has ...

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Cape Horn Dam | Photo courtesy of June Ruckman

Hydroelectric Power Officials Bemoan Federal Regulations

WASHINGTON Federal burdens dampen California’s hydroelectric power potential, PG&E and Turlock Irrigation District officials told lawmakers Tuesday. They were preaching to the Capitol Hill choir. Summoned by House Republicans who hope to unleash more of what they called a “clean, renewable and ...

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The Alexandre family and employees admire the new K-rails at Fernbridge. | Photo by Mark Larson

Shot Up and Shut Down

Why one farmer blocked off the Eel River bar It's a rare warm day in late February, a full month before spring is officially declared, and the pastures are yellow with mustard blossoms, and the Eel River is surging beneath the ...

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In this photo taken July 8, 2011, shows a lamprey at Willamette Falls, in Oregon City, Ore. As long as Indians have lived in the Northwest, they have looked to lamprey for food. But in the decades since dozens of hydroelectric dams have harnessed the power of the Columbia, Willamette and Snake rivers to make electricity, this jawless fish popularly known as an eel has steadily declined until Columbia Basin tribes have just a few places left to go for lamprey. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Pacific Lamprey Return to White Salmon River

Eel-like fish found in stretch above former dam for first time in more than a century. In the world of migratory fish, the plight of the salmon dominates the public’s attention and the research and recovery budgets of both federal and ...

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Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River | Photo: Matt Stoecker, DamNation collection

5 Reasons Dam Removal Still Makes Sense Despite the Drought

By: Chris Clarke When Interior Secretary Donald Hodel suggested in 1987 that California might tear down O'Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite National Park, few took him seriously. The powers that be in San Fransisco were outraged: the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir supplies San ...

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A Chinook salmon with clouded eyes showed signs of blindness during an Oct. 20, 2015 survey on the lower Eel River. A preliminary report from UC Davis found that the cause of the blindness was from a parasite commonly known as a fluke. |Photo courtesy Eric Stockwell

Report States Parasite Blinded Salmon; Virus Found in Brains

A fluke can sometimes refer to a stroke of good luck or chance, but not in the context of the animal kingdom. The flukes that some Eel River chinook salmon experienced this fall were parasites that burrowed into their eyes and ...

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Pacific Lamprey spawning in the Eel River on April 18, 2015

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