Report: Benefits of dams must be replaced before breaching

The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the Snake River must be replaced before the dams can be breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a final report issued Thursday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

White House: To help salmon, dams may need to be removed

The Biden administration on Tuesday released two reports arguing that removing dams on the lower Snake River may be needed to restore salmon runs to sustainable levels in the Pacific Northwest, and that replacing the energy created by the dams is possible but will cost $11 billion to $19 billion.

Scientists working to uncover mystery of disappearing salmon population in Pacific Northwest

This year, as part of the International Year of the Salmon 2022 Pan Pacific Winter High Seas Expedition more than 50 scientists from the United States, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Russia joined forces to research salmon in the North Pacific during the winter months. Their goal: to get a better understanding of what prey is available to eat, what predators are preying on salmon, and how is the eco-system supporting – or harming – salmon?

Survive the Sound: Hood Canal Bridge blocks migrating fish

POULSBO, Wash. -- The floating Hood Canal Bridge may transport thousands of people a day between Port Ludlow and Poulsbo, but it seriously hinders a different type of traffic -- that of migrating fish.According to studies, up to 50 percent of young migrating fish will fail to make it to the other side of the bridge, instead getting snatched up by predators.The Hood Canal Bridge is the longest saltwater floating bridge in the world, stretching 1.5 miles.

Saving our salmon: Searching for answers in the depths of Puget Sound

PUGET SOUND, Wash. -- King County is pulling up creatures from the depths of Puget Sound in hopes that what they learn from the bottom of the food chain can help predict the future success of salmon runs -- and in turn -- the endangered southern resident orcas that eat them.Twice a month every month, King County Environmental Laboratory takes out the SoundGuardian boat for its marine ambient survey, which has about 20 stations around the Sound.