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NWF.361/September 6, 2016
Public Meetings On EIS For Columbia River Dams Will Start This Fall
The scoping process for the BiOp-related Columbia River dams EIS will soon, according to BPA. The action agencies--BuRec, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and BPA--will conduct over a dozen public scoping meetings this fall in small towns and larger communities in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. ...more
Alternatives To Current Floodplain Management Broached
Speakers at a recent technical workshop in Spokane believe it's time for Columbia River Basin floodplains to be restored to their central role in helping create healthy ecosystems, and to change attitudes that floodplains are best used for development and flood control is necessarily at the expense of healthy rivers. ...more
EPA Takes Legal Heat For 2015 Hot Water Temps In Columbia, Snake Rivers
Last year's record-warm water temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers prompted five environmental and fishing groups to issue a 60-day notice of intent to sue the EPA for violating the Clean Water Act. ...more
No Mitchell Act Funding Until Hatchery BiOp Completed
NOAA Fisheries has agreed to complete a BiOp and incidental take statement for its Columbia River Basin hatchery programs, as part of a settlement that would free federal funding for the programs. The deal, reached Aug. 2 in Wild Fish Conservancy v. National Marine Fisheries Service [16-cv-00553], requires the U.S. Department of Commerce to withhold Mitchell Act funds until NOAA Fisheries, also known as National Marine Fisheries Service, completes the studies. ...more
Reconditioning Steelhead Kelts Improves Their Survival
Steelhead, unlike salmon, can spawn multiple times during their lifetimes; and a strategy to encourage repeat spawning by wild steelhead in the Yakima River is working, according to a new study. The Yakama Nation's "reconditioning" program at its Prosser hatchery treats or reconditions steelhead after they spawn to rejuvenate them before they are released to spawn again. ...more
Judge Says Decision To Kill Cormorants Unlawful, But Keeps It In Place
U.S. District Judge Michael Simon ruled Aug. 31 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it authorized a plan to cull and kill double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River estuary. ...more
NOAA Fisheries Gives OK To Remove Sea Lions That Prey On Salmon
NOAA Fisheries has authorized the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho to continue removing predatory California sea lions for another five years. Sea lions congregating near Bonneville Dam feasted on nearly 10,000 adult spring Chinook last year. Their 2016 take was more than 3 percent of the adult fish returning to the Columbia River. ...more
Water Quality Problems Alleged At PGE's Pelton Round Butte Dams
A selective water withdrawal system at Round Butte Dam on the Deschutes River in Oregon is to blame for water quality problems in the river, according to lawsuit brought Aug. 17 against Pacific General Electric. ...more
Alliance For The Wild Rockies Filed A Complaint Against BuRec And BPA
Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed a complaint Aug. 8 with the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and BPA for failing to suitably respond to its Freedom of Information Act requests. ...more

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