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NWF.376/December 4, 2017
Plaintiffs in BiOp Case Tell Court the EIS Approach 'Obscures' Tradeoffs
The planned EIS on the Federal Columbia River Power System is "broader in scope and complex and more expensive and time consuming than the court indicated is necessary," plaintiff parties in the BiOp case told U.S. District Judge Michael Simon Nov. 28. They say a more narrowly focused EIS would clarify the tradeoffs among alternative courses of actions for dam operations that comply with the Endangered Species Act. ...more
Briefs Filed in Appeal of Spill Order in BiOp Case
The federal defendant and its intervenor parties in the Federal Columbia River Power System BiOp litigation filed briefs in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in late October, asking for a reversal of a lower court's directive granting more and earlier spill beginning in 2018. ...more
Idaho Power Files Incomplete Water Quality Application With FERC
Idaho Power Company filed a large part of its application for water quality certification for the Hells Canyon Complex hydroelectric project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nov. 28. ...more
Mystery of Poor Survival of Sockeye Smolts May Be Solved
The different water chemistry at the Springfield hatchery and in Redfish Lake Creek likely explains the smolt mortality seen in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and points to possible solutions, according to a presentation given to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Nov. 14. ...more
Chum Salmon Operations Underway at Bonneville Dam
Flows to protect chum salmon spawning at Bonneville Dam started Nov. 7, a week later than planned because of the absence of chum in the area and low inflows at the dam. ...more
NW Likely Experiencing Onset of a La Niña That Could Last to Spring
Current ocean and atmospheric conditions reflect the start of a La Niña, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center said in a November. ...more
Lawsuit Pending Over Willamette River Chinook and Steelhead
Three environmental groups gave notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over alleged harm to upper Willamette River Chinook and steelhead. ...more
Cost Savings From Fish & Wildlife Projects Totaled About $2M
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Nov. 15 approved the transfer of up $324,000 to repair or replace equipment at fish hatcheries in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington; and $150,000 for an environmental assessment of needed maintenance on five large irrigation fish-diversion screens. ...more
Court Denies Motion for Hearing on Spill and Barging
U.S. District Judge Michael Simon rejected Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association's motion for an evidentiary hearing and for discovery to address the issue of how increased spill will affect the juvenile transportation program. ...more
NMFS Publishes Notice of Overfishing Determinations
National Marine Fisheries Service announced Nov. 21 that it had published a Federal Register Notice of overfished and overfishing determinations. No Columbia River stocks were determined to be overfished. ...more

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