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Lewis & Clark: Bar Pilots {format} 3:25 Barrett Golding

When Foreign ships enter U.S. waters, they are required to have an American pilot on board. In Astoria, Oregon, the Columbia River Bar Pilots Association brings the pilots out to the boats. Each body of water, each bend of the river, brings a new environmental issue, one that often gets no national attention, but is the focus of intense local debate. Captain Phil O’Shaughnessy and first mate John Leiter discuss the deep and shallow arguments for dredging the mouth of the river. [transcript]

Broadcast: Jun 13 2003 on NPR Living on EarthSeries: Lewis & Clark Trail: 200 Years Later Subjects: Business, Travel, Environment