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NWF.329/March 13, 2014
Wanapum Spillway Crack Downgraded To Non-Failure Emergency
While water levels behind Wanapum Dam won't be rising for now, Grant County PUD has downgraded the crack discovered in one of the dam's spillway structures to a non-failure emergency. ...more
New Study Suggests Ocean Plays Largest Role In Sockeye Returns
A new study says that large sockeye returns to the Columbia Basin in recent years correlated best with early upwelling off the Northwest coast, and an annual collection of precipitation and temperatures called the Pacific Northwest Index [PNI]. Freshwater conditions like flow and percentage of spill at dams, however, didn't carry much weight at all. ...more
From California To Canada, Millions Of West Coast Salmon Expected
From California to Canada, this year's salmon season is expected to be big. In some places, like B.C.'s Fraser River, fish managers may be counting sockeye in the tens of millions. ...more
Water Supply Finally Reaches Average In Columbia Basin
The Columbia Basin's April-Sept. water supply has climbed into the average range after intense bouts of precipitation during February and early March. According to NOAA's Northwest River Forecast Center, precipitation above The Dalles was 149 percent of average for February. For March, through the 12th, it is running 311 percent of average. ...more
Columbia Basin Tribes Want Fish Issues In Treaty Talks
Columbia Basin tribes from both sides of the border sent a white paper to U.S. and Canadian officials outlining a four-step process to reintroduce Chinook and sockeye salmon into blocked areas of the upper Columbia. They say the issue should be included in future negotiations over the Columbia River Treaty, which expires in 2024. ...more
Snake River Sees Another Redd Count Record In 2013
The 2013 fall Chinook redd count in the lower Snake Basin has officially topped the previous high from the 2010 return. The count of 6,391 redds in the mainstem Snake and its tributaries was nearly 15 percent higher than the 2010 count. ...more
Groups Want Sandy Hatchery To Stop Releasing Fish
Two conservation groups filed a motion in the U.S. District Court on Feb. 14 to prevent the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife from releasing any smolts at the Sandy River Hatchery until an environmental impact statement is completed on hatchery operations and a new genetic management plan is approved. ...more
Columbia Will Soon Irrigate Crops In Odessa Area
DOE also said it has just issued a water permit to others when construction at the East Low Canal is completed, funded by $31 million from state coffers. ...more

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