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NWF.354/February 1, 2016
NRIC Sues Northwest Power And Conservation Council
Northwest Resource Information Center filed a brief in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 14 asking that the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program be set aside and a new program developed to comply with the Northwest Power Act. ...more
Wild Fish Conservancy Takes Legal Aim At Hatchery Funding
The Wild Fish Conservancy believes continued funding of the Columbia River Basin's salmon and steelhead hatchery programs by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Department of Commerce violates the Endangered Species Act. ...more
Floodplains Key To Cold Water Refuges, Research On Willamette Shows
Working on the Willamette River, two university researchers, Stan Gregory and David Hulse, have found floodplains are key to the presence of cold-water habitats, which are used by native fish during periods of high water temperature. ...more
2016 Run Predictions: Columbia Basin Spring Chinook Good, Sockeye Not
A run of about 188,000 adult spring Chinook is forecast to pass Bonneville Dam this year. If correct, this would be the 10th-highest since 1980 and 96 percent of the 10-year average. ...more
Water Supply Forecast Below Average: El Niño Neutral By Summer
December 2015 saw lots of snow in the Pacific Northwest, but forecasters in January said that the overall water supply is expected to be below average for the 2016 water year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. ...more
ISRP Okays Habitat Study Above Grand Coulee; Public Comment Taken
A proposal to study habitat suitability for salmonids above Grand Coulee Dam meets scientific criteria with two qualifications, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Independent Scientific Review Panel announced Jan. 14. ...more
Environmental Groups Sue Owners Of Electron Dam
American Rivers and American Whitewater filed suit Jan. 12 against the new owners and managers of Electron Dam in Washington, alleging unauthorized killing of ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook, steelhead and bull trout. ...more
More Evidence Found For Salmon Geomagnetic And Chemical Homing
Recent research at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center provides more evidence that the chemical composition of stream water and geomagnetic orientation are responsible for the homing instinct of salmon and steelhead. ...more
Study: Warm Ocean Conditions No Good For Salmon
A recent study suggests that warm ocean conditions are tough on juvenile Chinook. The young salmon have to work harder for food, and their prey contain fewer calories. ...more
Council Considers Additional Spending For Two Fish Projects
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council will decide in February on proposed budget increases for two projects receiving financing through the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. ...more

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