Endangered Rivers, Endangered Fish, Northwest Coal Controversy, and the Battle for Greener Sewers

Some new Nooze for your Monday-morning enjoyment. Carl Bachtel with WKYC talks about Ohio's Grand River, which is designated Wild and Scenic, but is also one of the nation's most endangered rivers:

Northeast Ohio: Local river listed as "endangered"

MADISON, Ohio - Ohio's wild and scenic Grand River listed as sixth most endangered river in the United States by environmental group.

American Rivers listed the Grand in the top ten most endangered rivers for one reason: Natural Gas development. The Shale gas boom is hitting all the counties the river runs through. That, plus legislation on the desks of Ohio lawmakers that has little regulation or industry accountability are to blame.

Trent Dougherty of the Ohio Environmental Alliance says "there are already two well pads in the area and permits for a dozen wastewater injection wells have already been approved." That has residents worried... Read, see and hear more.

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From Rocky Barker with the Idaho Statesman, the incredible comeback of Idaho's Snake River Sockeye salmon.

The Legacy of Lonesome Larry

Sockeye entered the Columbia River this week, beginning a 900-mile migration that very nearly ended 20 years ago.

Only four Snake River sockeye made their way through eight dams and past nets and predators in 1992, a year after the fish that makes its home in Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley was listed as endangered. Only one male completed the final climb up the Snake and Salmon rivers to a weir on Redfish Lake Creek Aug. 4.

Allyson Coonts, the 7-year-old daughter of Sawtooth Hatchery technician Phil Coonts, named the sockeye Lonesome Larry. When then-Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus put the stuffed fish on his office wall, Lonesome Larry became the symbol of the entire Snake and Columbia salmon restoration program... Read more.

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More coverage of the ongoing coal conversation in the Northwest, this time from Craig Welch, Seattle Times environment reporter.

Fights brewing over massive coal-export plans for the Northwest

With the Northwest poised to become the country's leading coal-export region, fights are emerging on several fronts.

On the table are proposals to capitalize on Asia's thirst for cheap energy by building a half-dozen terminals in Washington and Oregon that would export coal from the Rockies.

Physicians fret about an explosion of locomotive exhaust, while mayors grumble about the potential for long traffic-snarling trains. Washington state fears 1,200 new barge trips on the Columbia River could spark more accidents and marine-vessel groundings. Tribes worry that spilled coal could poison aquatic food webs.

But as the federal government begins its first lengthy review of plans to ship coal through Northwest ports, it's not clear how — or if — the feds will weigh in on perhaps the most far-reaching issue: the potential effect new markets for coal could have on greenhouse-gas emissions... Read more.

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And finally, Phuong Le with the AP in Seattle, a look at that city's effort to take a greener approach to sewers:

Seattle takes greener approach to sewer overflows

A greener approach in Seattle aims to prevent untreated sewage and polluted runoff from flowing into Puget Sound by installing dozens of landscaped drainage systems in front of people's homes.

County officials and others say they're a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way to prevent heavy rains from overwhelming sewer pipes and storm drains.

But in Southwest Seattle, where the county is planning to install them across 31 neighborhood blocks, some residents see them as a potential safety hazard, an eyesore and just plain inconvenient. A petition is seeking to stop the project... Read more.