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"The tribes on both sides of the border wanted a seat at the negotiating table, but the countries chose to exclude them in favor of small teams ... 'The tribes were left out of that conversation in the original treaty,' said Scott Hauser, executive director of the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation. 'We feel it’s absolutely imperative they are part of it this time.'” ... See more
The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from the United States and
"There is some natural variation annually in salmon runs. But the overall declines we’ve seen with many of the runs over the decades is closely tied to how we have changed our rivers. Freshwater rivers and streams are extremely important in a salmon’s life. It’s where they spawn and where young fish feed and take shelter for the first part of their lives. As humans have altered the rivers with dams, water withdrawals for farming and other uses, pollution, etc… salmon numbers have dropped." ... See more
Northwest chinook salmon fisheries may eventually be adjusted to ensure there’s enough fish in the ocean for endangered orcas.