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NWF.387/Nov. 5, 2018
Lawsuit Victory Forces EPA To Identify Sources Of Temperature Pollution
A U.S. District Judge in Seattle ordered the EPA on Oct. 17 to identify the sources of high water temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers, and take the first steps toward developing a plan to reduce those temperatures to protect fish. ...more
Trump Moves Up Deadline For Dam Removal Analysis To 2020
President Donald Trump got involved in Columbia Basin dam issues on Oct. 19, issuing a memorandum that will speed up the schedule for a new court-mandated environmental impact statement (EIS) and biological opinion on the Federal Columbia River Power System by one year. ...more
DNA Shows Northern Pike Likely Planted Above Lake Roosevelt
Some northern pike populations in the Pacific Northwest have spread naturally, getting flushed downstream during high flows, or migrating upstream to populate new areas. But others--including the one that most threatens salmon in the Columbia River Basin--were illegally transported there by people. ...more
From Anchovies To Zooplankton: Impacts Of North Pacific 'Warm Blob' Linger
Imagine eating jellyfish instead of shrimp. Anchovies can. So can sardines and smelt. That's what they were apparently forced to do a few years ago, when the Pacific Ocean warmed beyond anything scientists had seen before, and the preferred foods of these forage fish became scarce. ...more
Dam Removal Issue Still Undecided As Orca Task Force Moves Forward
A task force that has worked since March to develop recommendations on how best to save endangered southern resident killer whales is close to completing its first report for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee by Nov. 16. When it meets on Nov. 6, the question of whether to include a recommendation about removing the four lower Snake River dams remains. ...more
Yakama Nation Takes Next Step In Mid-Columbia Coho Reintroduction
There are no rulebooks when it comes to rebuilding anadromous fish runs that have stopped returning to rivers and streams where they once flourished. So when the Yakama Nation decided more than 20 years ago to reintroduce coho to a few tributaries in the mid-Columbia River, there were a lot of questions. ...more
Some Juvenile Salmon Survived Well, Others Didn't Under New Spill Regime
A preliminary report estimating this spring's juvenile salmonid survival rates in the Columbia River Basin shows that the high runoff conditions supplemented by a court-ordered spill at eight dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers doesn't always translate into better survival for young fish. ...more
Independent Scientists Praise F&W Research, Recommend Improvements
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) should be proud of the scientific research they're funding in the Columbia Basin, which is creating a legacy that will allow policymakers to prioritize funding for the most effective methods to recover salmon runs, according to Independent Scientific Review Panel Chair Steve Schroder. ...more
BPA Signs Record of Decision On Fish Accords That Commits $448M In Project Spending
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has issued its Record of Decision extending the Columbia Basin Fish Accords for four years. ...more
Groups Threaten Lawsuit Over Idaho Steelhead Fishing
Five conservation groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the state of Idaho for opening a fishing season on hatchery steelhead when returns of wild steelhead are "critically low." The groups claim that Washington and Oregon closed their steelhead seasons due to low returns, and are asking Idaho to take immediate action to halt fishing in the Snake River Basin. ...more
Idaho Power, EPA Seek to Resolve Water Temperature Issue
Idaho Power and the EPA have asked a federal court to delay all proceedings in Idaho Power Company v. United States Environmental Protection Agency et al. to provide time for the agency to "take certain steps toward resolving the issues in this litigation." ...more
Beaver Restoration Helps Salmon Habitat, Council Panel Told
A decade-long project to restore beavers in parts of the upper Columbia River Basin is also helping restore salmon habitat, project leaders told the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee Oct. 9. ...more
Corps Releases Draft Mid-C Master Plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a new draft of the Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan, which is open to public comment through Oct. 21. ...more
Idaho Takes Over BPA-Funded Hagerman Hatchery
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has assumed operations of the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery, which raises about 1.6 million juvenile steelhead that are released annually in the upper Salmon River Basin. The hatchery had been operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with funding from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). It's one of 10 Lower Snake River Compensation Plan hatcheries funded by BPA. ...more

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