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.