Four consulting firms have been hired by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s office to gather views on whether removing the lower Snake River dams could recover Chinook populations vital to southern resident killer whales, and to put together a draft report by December. Read More

Gov. Brad Little appointed one new member and reappointed another to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Bradley Melton, a financial advisor and lifelong outdoorsman from Lewiston, will replace Dan Blanco as the representative of the Clearwater region of Idaho. Derick Atterbury, an irrigatio… Read More

The first complete map of tidal wetlands that once made up vast portions of the Pacific coast’s estuaries shows 85 percent of the areas from California to Washington have been lost to development and farmland, and also confirmed the Columbia River’s tidal wetlands are only a quarter of the s… Read More

The Trump administration on Sept. 12 finalized repeal of the 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” rule, reverting to ­previous regulations in a move likely to be challenged in court. Meanwhile, the House passed legislation ­barring expansion of offshore oil and gas leasing in Pacific and Atlantic water… Read More