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NWF.323/October 14, 2013
Council OKs Next Step In Walla Walla Hatchery Construction
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has approved construction of a $12-million Chinook hatchery on the Walla Walla River. ...more
Columbia Fall Run Tops One Million Fish When Jacks Included
By Oct. 9, the blowout fall Chinook run edged past 911,000 fish at Bonneville Dam. With 105,000 fall jacks added in, the run has topped a million fish, which is by far the largest return since the dam was built in 1938. ...more
Steelhead Expectations Drop; Fall Chinook Numbers New Top
Columbia River Basin harvest managers heard some bad news Oct. 2, after their technical committee announced an even further downgrade of the region's ESA-listed B-run steelhead stock that spends two years at sea and is headed for Idaho. ...more
Some Agencies Want 10-Year Spill 'Test' In Next F&W Program
Although NOAA Fisheries has already explained why it's not interested in adding more spill at federal dams, several other federal and state agencies in the Columbia Basin are calling for just that -- a 10-year spill "test" that would considerably boost dissolved gas levels at Columbia and lower Snake River dams, and fish returns as well, according to the analysis they are using to peddle the proposal. ...more
BPA Customers Call For Maintaining F&W Program Focus
BPA customer groups -- the Public Power Council, Northwest RiverPartners, PNGC Power, and Northwest Requirements Utilities -- are recommending policymakers maintain their focus on the financial bottom line when it comes to amending the Columbia River Basin's fish and wildlife program. ...more
Niners Uphold Lethal Removal Of Sea Lions At Bonneville Dam
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is OK for NOAA Fisheries to keep killing some California sea lions preying on ESA-listed spring Chinook at Bonneville Dam. The action had been challenged by The Humane Society of the United States, which had already lost in federal district court. ...more
Niners Rule 6th Power Plan Gave Due Consideration To Fish
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 18 against the Northwest Information Center, an Idaho-based environmental group that claimed the Northwest Power and Conservation Council short-changed the region's fish and wildlife in its latest power plan, completed in 2010. However, the three-judge panel also ruled that the Council had made two procedural errors that must be corrected. ...more
B.C. Takes Comments On Columbia River Treaty Consultation Draft
The British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines has released for comment its "Public Consultation Report Working Draft," which summarizes comments and key findings for the province's Columbia River Treaty (CRT) Review Team. It will inform the Team's recommendations to the B.C. cabinet on the future of the CRT. ...more

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