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NWF.378/February 5, 2018
NOAA Fisheries Releases Snake River Basin Recovery Plan
NOAA Fisheries in late November released its final recovery plan for three species of salmon and steelhead in the 107,000-square-mile Snake River Basin. Eight years in the making, the recovery plan is the agencies' blueprint for recovering stocks of fall Chinook, spring/summer run Chinook and steelhead. ...more
Judge OKs Spill Plan for Lower Columbia and Snake River Dams
The eight federal dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers will spill as much water as allowed under state water-quality rules, which could trigger a rate increase from BPA. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon approved the spill plan on Jan. 8, and barring an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the new spill regime will begin in April. ...more
Capacity Metric Can Quantify Habitat Benefits, Idaho Experts Say
Among new methods being developed to more effectively evaluate which habitat-restoration actions are the most beneficial and to measure how much such actions contribute to salmon and steelhead recovery, Idaho's integrated rehabilitation assessment is one of the more promising, its proponents say. ...more

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