Glaciers set the Northwest apart. They're like money in the bank for the region when it comes to drinking water, hydropower, and salmon survival. And they make the Northwest uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey have found 63 different pesticides and herbicides in the Clackamas River Basin. And testing shows some of those chemicals are winding up in the drinking water communities take from the river.
This week we learn how recreational mining that uses suctioning equipment on river bottoms is stirring up controversy in Idaho. And we find that a two-year-old decision to take water out of a Western Washington river for beverage production is now coming under scrutiny.