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NWF.365/January 3, 2017
Idaho Power Seeks Ruling To Break Hells Canyon Relicense Deadlock
Idaho Power has asked FERC for a declaratory ruling saying the Federal Power Act pre-empts an Oregon state law under which the state believes it can require fish-passage and reintroduction conditions to the license for the 1,167-MW Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River between Idaho and Oregon. ...more
Army Corps To Free Fed Funds For Mussel Boat Inspection
The U. S. Army Corp of Engineers will pony up $3.75 million to help cover the costs of watercraft inspections in the four Columbia Basin states to help halt the spread of invasive mussels. ...more
Comments On Columbia River Power System EIS Extended To Feb. 7
The public will have more time to comment on preparing an EIS for Columbia River dam operations. Three federal agencies decided Dec. 23 to extend the comment deadline from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7. Public meetings on developing an EIS that will recovery listed fish stocks will conclude with a hearing in Astoria rescheduled for Jan. 9 because severe weather. ...more
Council OKs $2 Million For Snake River Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council, at its Dec. 14 meeting in Portland, approved construction of a $2-million facility to help strengthen kelt steelhead before their downstream migration. ...more
Grant PUD Fish Biologists Look Back At Wanapum Dam Crack
Grant County PUD biologists have published an article on measures taken in 2014 after a 65-foot-long, 2-inch-wide crack was found on the deck of Wanapum Dam. ...more
Research Sheds Light On Effectiveness Of Sea Lion Removal
A recently published study examined whether removing sea lions that have learned to snatch salmon from Bonneville fish ladders was effective at preventing the behavior from being socially transmitted to other sea lions. ...more

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