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NWF.305/July 12, 2012
Columbia Sockeye Run Hits Half-Million Mark
Columbia Basin sockeye were still passing Bonneville Dam by the thousands last week, as the count reached 460,000 by the Fourth of July. With more than 10,000 still passing the dam every day, harvest managers seemed assured that the run was on its way to its highest count since 1938, when counting began at the dam. Biologists tracking the run expected a good return--but not quite this good. ...more
Columbia River Summer Chinook Run Downgraded
Columbia Basin harvest managers blew another prediction this year, after the summer chinook run didn't live up to their preseason expectations. ...more
BPA F&W Spending Totaled $650 Million In FY 2011
BPA spent about $650 million in fiscal year 2011 on its direct fish and wildlife program and on other costs tied to its salmon-recovery efforts, including $215 million on ESA-listed fish. ...more
Council Approves Funding For New Sockeye Hatchery In Idaho
More than $13 million in funding has been approved by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to turn an old Idaho trout hatchery into a state-of-the-art facility that will produce up to a million sockeye smolts a year. ...more
Fish Scientists Identify Virus Type In Recent Outbreaks
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle say the IHN virus responsible for infecting Atlantic salmon at a fish farm on the west coast of Vancouver Island is the same one commonly found in wild sockeye and other salmonids from Washington to Alaska. ...more
El Niño May Show Up By Fall
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center's June 7 forecast calls for a 50-percent chance of an El Niño event occurring after September. Until then, the center expects El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)-neutral conditions to stay in place through the summer. ...more
Studies Continue On Post-2024 Possible River Operations

The U.S. side has completed the first of three "iterations" to examine four potential alternatives for operating the Columbia River system after 2024, when flood control operations will change significantly, according to terms of the treaty between the US and Canada implemented in 1964. ...more

17,000 MWh Of Wind Displaced As OMP Litigation Lingers

For the first time in nearly two months, BPA implemented its Oversupply Management Protocol (OMP) over a three-day period in early July. ...more

Studies Continue On Post-2024 Possible River Operations

The U.S. side has completed the first of three "iterations" to examine four potential alternatives for operating the Columbia River system after 2024, when flood control operations will change significantly, according to terms of the treaty between the US and Canada implemented in 1964. ...more

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