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NW Fishletter #377, January 8, 2018

[1] Looking Back At Top 2017 Stories In NW Fishletter

2017 was another eventful year at the intersection of hydropower, fish, weather/climate and environment, which constitutes most of our coverage in NW Fishletter.

Here, as the calendar turns, we follow the journalistic tradition of reviewing top stories of the past year, in this case with a twist, highlighting key issues covered in NW Fishletter in 2017, with associated headlines and links to stories.

They show plenty of noteworthy developments in the courtroom, weather/water/climate, river systems, the policy arena and BPA dollars.

A special thank you to our former NW Fishletter Editor Laura Berg, who retired in December. Her successor, K.C. Mehaffey, will join us in early February.

We wish Laura all the best in retirement, and welcome K.C. And to our readers, best wishes for 2018. -Mark Ohrenschall, Energy NewsData Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

Selected Federal Court Cases

Plaintiffs in BiOp Case Tell Court the EIS Approach 'Obscures' Tradeoffs (Dec. 4, 2017)

Briefs Filed in Appeal of Spill Order in BiOp Case (Dec. 4, 2017)

Court Denies Motion for Hearing on Spill and Barging (Dec. 4, 2017)

NWF v. NMFS Parties Near Consensus on Spill Plan for 2018 (Nov. 6, 2017)

Irrigators Push to Reopen Spill Issue in Columbia River BiOp Case (Nov. 6, 2017)

9th Circuit Rejects Petition to Toss Council's 2014 Fish & Wildlife Program (Aug. 7, 2017)

Appeal Filed Over Spill Decision in 2008-2014 BiOp Case (July 3, 2017)

Spill Controversy Persists, But Litigants Agree to a 2018 Spill Process (June 5, 2017)

Appeals Court Hears Case Challenging 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program (June 5, 2017)

Federal Judge Directs Oregon to Remedy High Temperatures in Rivers (May 1, 2017)

Council Briefed on Likely Broader Implications of Latest BiOp Spill Ruling (May 1, 2017)

Court Orders More Spill, Allows Spending At Lower Snake River Dams (April 3, 2017)

Arguments in BiOp Case Resume Over Spill, Capital Projects (March 6, 2017)

EPA Sued Over Temperature Pollution in Columbia and Snake Rivers (March 6, 2017)

Oregon and Conservation Groups File For Injunction (Feb. 6, 2017)

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John Day Dam. Credit: State of Oregon

Weather, Water and Climate

NW Likely Experiencing Onset of a La Niña That Could Last to Spring (Dec. 4, 2017)

La Niña Watch Still in Effect for Winter 2017-2018 (Nov. 6, 2017)

Current Predictions Foresee Colder, Wetter Weather in the Northwest (Oct. 2, 2017)

Warming Climate Complicates Cold-Water Species Management (June 5, 2017)

NASA Tests Snow-Sensing Technologies To Improve Water Supply Forecasts (April 3, 2017)

Regional Water-Supply Forecast is Normal and Higher (March 6, 2017)

Water Supply Predictions For Columbia Basin Show North and South Divide (Feb. 6, 2017)

NorthWestern Operators Restore Fish Flows In Severe Winter Conditions (Feb. 6, 2017)

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Three-month precipitation forecasts. Credit: NOAA Climate Prediction Center

Fish in Rivers

2017 Columbia Salmon Returns Off, Prospects Poor for Near Term (Nov. 6, 2017)

Snake River Steelhead Get Boost From Tribal Kelt Program (Nov. 6, 2017)

Dam Passage Survival Estimates for 2017 Juvenile Salmon a Mixed Bag (Nov. 6, 2017)

A Decade After Dam Removal, Salmonids Rebounding in Sandy River (Nov. 6, 2017)

Draft Results From Model Show Benefits With and Without Snake River Dams (Oct. 2, 2017)

Smaller Columbia River Fish Returns Constrain Harvests; Blob Cited As Factor (Sept. 5, 2017)

Predictions for 2017 Columbia River Fall Chinook and Coho Released (Aug. 7, 2017)

Columbia River Salmonid Returns Pegged Below 10-Year Averages (July 3, 2017)

Fish Passage at Little Goose Dam Improves With Operational Changes (July 3, 2017)

Biologists Halve Estimate of Spring Chinook Returning to the Columbia, Later Adjust Number Upward (June 5, 2017)

Idaho Groups Urge Feds to Stop Barging Snake River Sockeye (June 5, 2017)

So Far Chinook a Low-Show in Columbia River, Poor Showings Elsewhere (May 1, 2017)

Adult Coho Expected To Return To Grande Ronde Basin By Fall 2018 (April 3, 2017)

Snake River Fall Chinook Redd Count Robust for Third Year in a Row (March 6, 2017)

Fewer Columbia River Salmon, Smelt Returns Expected This Spring (Feb. 6, 2017)

PGE And Tribe Say 2016 Sockeye Returns To Deschutes River Were Native (Feb. 6, 2017)

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Chinook passing a fish ladder window at Bonneville Dam. Credit: Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Columbia River Treaty

Jill Smail is State Dept.'s New Columbia River Treaty Negotiator (Nov. 6, 2017)

Report Says Modernized Columbia River Treaty Ups Value of Basin's Natural Assets (Aug. 7, 2017)

NW House Members Urge Trump to Initiate CRT Negotiations; U.S. Negotiator Leaving (July 3, 2017)

BPA

Council Approves BPA-Funded Wildlife Projects With Strings (Nov. 6, 2017)

BPA Plans FY 2018 Fish and Wildlife Spending Closer to 2016, 2017 Levels (Sept. 5, 2017)

BPA Adopts Spill Surcharge to Customer Power Rates in FY 2018, 2019 (Aug. 7, 2017)

F&W Program 2016 Costs Drop to 25 Percent of BPA's Total Power-Related Costs (July 3, 2017)



Other topics spotlighted in 2017 included Hells Canyon relicensing, invasive mussels, Dworshak Dam's off line Unit 3 and sea lion predation.

For a full list of those and other 2017 stories published in NW Fishletter, please go to the Archives.

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