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Oroville Dam threat in California places spotlight on aging Idaho dams and oversight

Idaho safety officials say dams like Mackay which are old and need maintenance, present a threat. But state law gives them little power to address problems, except in an emergency or when they become so dilapidated they can’t hold back the water.

Environment

Collecting snowpack data at Mores Creek

Ron Abramovich, a hydrologist with Natural Resources Conservation Service snow survey, and a crew take measurements at Bad Bear campground and Mores Creek Summit north of Idaho City. Measuring snow depth and snow weight, they calculate the amount of water in the snowpack and predict — well, lots of things.

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.

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.

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Collecting snowpack data at Mores Creek

Ron Abramovich, a hydrologist with Natural Resources Conservation Service snow survey, and a crew take measurements at Bad Bear campground and Mores Creek Summit north of Idaho City. Measuring snow depth and snow weight, they calculate the amount of water in the snowpack and predict — well, lots of things.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Collecting snowpack data at Mores Creek 2:36

Collecting snowpack data at Mores Creek

Why, asks Boise's fire chief, can we buy illegal fireworks when we can't use them? 1:19

Why, asks Boise's fire chief, can we buy illegal fireworks when we can't use them?

Outgoing U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell offers advice for successor 4:09

Outgoing U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell offers advice for successor

Old Faithful erupts on the first day of winter 0:51

Old Faithful erupts on the first day of winter