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NWF.348/July 6, 2015
One Last Round For 2014 BiOp Fight
The fight over the 2104 hydro BiOp entered the public arena June 23, as attorneys for fishing and conservation groups sparred with government litigators during oral arguments [National Wildlife Federation v. National Marine Fisheries Service] in open court, which was overflowing. ...more
State Department Seeks CRT Negotiations, But No Timeline
In preparing to approach Canada about the future of the Columbia River Treaty, the United States has decided to "press for modification of the treaty that takes into account flood risk management, ecosystem-based function and hydropower generation," a State Department spokesperson told NW Fishletter June 18. "We hope to approach Canada soon with our negotiating position but do not have a timeline," the spokesperson added. ...more
Hatcheries To Play Key Role Rebuilding Snake River Sockeye Runs, NOAA Says
Hatchery releases will continue to be the main tool in rebuilding natural-producing adult returns of Snake River sockeye, according to NOAA Fisheries' 431-page Snake River recovery plan, released June 8. ...more
Below-Average Runoff Triggers Dry-Year Ops For Fish Protection
Below-average runoff in May has triggered dry-year operations in the Columbia River Basin, putting in place a strategy to boost river flows to assist migration of juvenile and adult fish, including listed species. ...more

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