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NWF.369/May 1, 2017
So Far Chinook a Low-Show in Columbia River, Poor Showings Elsewhere
Only 3,347 spring Chinook have crossed Bonneville Dam as of the end of April about 2 percent of the predicted run size of 160,400 upriver spring Chinook. ...more
Hells Canyon Relicensing Delayed at Governors' Request
Idaho Power has agreed to a request from the governors of Oregon and Idaho that will give the states more time to resolve a dispute over reintroducing salmon in the middle and upper Snake River basins as a condition of a new FERC license for the 1,167-MW Hells Canyon Complex. ...more
Combating Invasive Mussels Gets Boost From Corps
The Corps and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission signed an agreement April 5 allowing the Commission to fund a four-state effort to prevent non-native invasive mussels from spreading to the basin. ...more
Agencies and Tribe Recommend Operational Changes at Montana Dams
Operational changes at Libby and Hungry Horse dams would increase their value to the region, according to a report released last month by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, in consultation with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. ...more
Federal Judge Directs Oregon to Remedy High Temperatures in Rivers
The EPA and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality failed to protect salmon species from high temperatures in Oregon rivers, a federal court ruled April 11. ...more
Tribes Applaud Sea Lion Predation Bill; Yakama Man Monitoring Sea Lions Dies
Federal legislation introduced in early April by Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) would give tribes authority to remove a limited number of predatory sea lions from the Columbia River. ...more
Opinion: Predatory Sea Lions Are Detrimental to Columbia River Fish Runs
Many citizens across the region contend--passionately, in some instances--that sea lions don't deserve harassment and death in order to save a portion of the Columbia River's spring Chinook population. Two Yakama Nation tribal leaders believe this is a specious argument, blind to change and insensitive to other species. ...more
Council Briefed on Likely Broader Implications of Latest BiOp Spill Ruling
A recent ruling in the ongoing BiOp litigation will likely have implications beyond increasing spill in 2018, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council was told at an April 12 briefing. These include effects on non-listed fish from proposed spill operations and potential financial and operational impacts. ...more
Clean Water Act Settlement Reached in Columbia River Pollution Case
An agreement between Columbia Riverkeeper and a manufacturer of seamless metal tubes for the nuclear and aerospace industries over Columbia River pollution was announced April 17. The manufacturing company will pay $650,000 to three citizen groups working on water quality issues. ...more
Wild Fish Advocates Lose in 9th Circuit Elwha River Case
The Wild Fish Conservancy failed to overturn a federal decision approving the use of artificial propagation as a means of restoring Elwha River fish populations after dam removal. ...more
PGE Files to Appeal District Court Ruling in Deschutes River Case
Portland General Electric is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a federal-court decision denying the utility's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Deschutes River Alliance. ...more

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