Environment

Environment

Boise salmon and dam issues

More than 300 people came to comment on Columbia and Snake river dam operations that a judge said needed to be fixed to save endangered Idaho salmon. Electric customers to wheat farmers and salmon anglers were there.(Rocky Barker)

Environment

'Salmon cannon' gives fish a much-needed boost over dams

The Whooshh Fish Transport System, also known as the "salmon cannon," gives fish a much-needed boost over dams so they can swim upstream to spawn. Research has shown no significant differences in injury rates, immune response, stress response, or gamete viability between fish using Whooshh's system versus trap and haul.

Fires

Pioneer Fire recovery and rehab

The U.S. Forest Service took people on a tour to show what it's doing on the land after the 200,000 acre Pioneer Fire burned through the Boise National Forest.(Rocky Barker)

Fires

Pioneer Fire bill rises as fire-cost reform stalls in Congress

The Pioneer Fire is on a path to exceed $100 million in firefighting costs in a year when overall firefighting costs are down. Some observers think the Forest Service needs to change the incentives to make cost reductions possible, but public sentiment backs spending more for firefighting than other agency programs.

Videos

Boise salmon and dam issues

More than 300 people came to comment on Columbia and Snake river dam operations that a judge said needed to be fixed to save endangered Idaho salmon. Electric customers to wheat farmers and salmon anglers were there.(Rocky Barker)
rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Boise salmon and dam issues 2:40

Boise salmon and dam issues

'Salmon cannon' gives fish a much-needed boost over dams 0:58

'Salmon cannon' gives fish a much-needed boost over dams

A Boise steelhead angler's view on dams 0:36

A Boise steelhead angler's view on dams

Pioneer Fire recovery and rehab 2:06

Pioneer Fire recovery and rehab