JULY 1996

 

JULY 1996 FULL ISSUE

NIGHTMARE ON THE COLUMBIA

By PAUL KOBERSTEIN

The Northwest, as Timothy Egan of the New York Times once wrote, is anywhere salmon go. The image is poetic. BuT the reality is something else. In fact, the river that once defined the Northwest, the mighty Columbia, has been transformed by dams and generators into a giant industrial power plant. Baby salmon that spawn in its tributaries now ride downstream to the ocean in barge and trucks.


Paul Koberstein