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NWF.344/April 3, 2015
BPA Recommends Putting The Brakes On Reintro Issue
BPA has recommended putting the brakes on a process being led by upper Columbia tribes to study the feasibility of reintroducing salmon above Grand Coulee Dam. ...more
Ocean Conditions Take A Turn For The Worse
Juvenile spring Chinook from the Columbia River Basin are likely to find a much less hospitable ocean, compared to the last few years, when they reach the sea this coming spring. ...more
Columbia Basin Water Supply Still Above 80 Percent
With some Northwest river basins holding less than 10 percent of their average snowpack, the region is still in pretty good shape for hydro. ...more
2014 BiOp Defendants Try A Little Offense
Federal attorneys and intervenors on their behalf filed hundreds of pages of declarations and other documents in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon last month, to boost their defense of the latest plan from NOAA Fisheries to operate the hydro system and avoid jeopardizing ESA-listed salmonids in the Columbia Basin. ...more
Cormorant Plan May Be Challenged In Court
The Audubon Society of Portland has threatened litigation to block a plan to boost juvenile salmon survival in the Columbia River estuary by shooting nearly 11,000 double-crested cormorants over the next four years. ...more
Oregon Court Denies Netters' Challenge To New Harvest Regime
The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled against lower Columbia River gillnetters March 18, rejecting their argument that the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission violated state law by failing to reduce the impact of new rules on small businesses. ...more

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