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NWF.379/March 5, 2018
Court's Spill Order To Be Scrutinized At 9th Circuit
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on March 20 on whether to uphold an April 2017 ruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Simon ordering a substantial increase in 2018 spring spill to help push juvenile fish past eight Snake and Columbia river dams. ...more
Irrigators Turn To 'God Squad,' Others Push For Litigation Timeout
Some say it's time to take decisions about operating federal hydropower out of the courts, either permanently or temporarily. Groups opposed a U.S. District Court order to spill more water over eight federal dams are using different tactics in attempts to stop or delay continued litigation. ...more
Riverpartners Seeks Bipartisan Support For House Bill To Protect NW Hydropower
Northwest RiverPartners is urging federal lawmakers to support proposed legislation intended to help protect hydropower in the Pacific Northwest at a time BPA faces financial uncertainty. ...more
High Snowpack, Off Line Generator Mean More Spill At Dworshak Dam
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed Feb. 28 to reduce discharge flows at Dworshak Dam to 16,000 cubic feet per second through March, barring unforeseen changes in runoff predictions or weather causing a sudden spike in the amount of water flowing into Dworshak Reservoir. ...more
Water-Supply Outlook Encouraging For Columbia, Snake Rivers
A combination of above-normal snowpack in the upper Columbia River Basin and forecasts for a cool, wet spring prompted an encouraging outlook for water supply in the main-stem Columbia and Snake rivers for April to September. ...more
Northwest Water Supply Outlook Ranges From Well Above To Well Below Normal
Predictions for April-through-September water supply across the Pacific Northwest are all over the place after another month that brought more snow to the north, but left Oregon and southern Idaho much drier than normal. ...more
Drought Likely In Eastern Oregon
Drought conditions in eastern Oregon are likely to persist in some areas and develop in others over the next three months, according to NOAA Climate Prediction Center's Feb. 15 monthly outlook. ...more
Sea Lions, Seals Play Significant Role In Salmon Losses, Federal Biologist Reports
Sea lions and seals below Bonneville Dam are consuming far more salmon than previously thought as the fish swim back to their spawning grounds. ...more
Sea Lions Being Relocated To Save Willamette Steelhead
A California sea lion that has frequented Willamette Falls on the Willamette River since 2009 to dine on salmon and steelhead was relocated Feb. 7 to a beach south of Newport, Ore. Three days later, he was back at Willamette Falls, hungry for more fish after a return journey involving a 200-mile swim. Another sea lion--relocated a day later--was back in six days. ...more
ISAB Offers Recommendations For Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Recovery
Prompted by the slow recovery of naturally spawning spring Chinook salmon in the upper Columbia River Basin, the Independent Scientific Advisory Board conducted a 10-month review of recovery efforts in the Wenatchee, Entiat and Methow rivers. ...more
BPA Proposes Deal With Idaho Over Operations At Albeni Falls Dam
BPA reached a proposed agreement with the State of Idaho that would cost the federal agency nearly $24 million to mitigate for environmental damages from construction, inundation and operations at Albeni Falls Dam in northwestern Idaho. ...more
Council Committee Recommends Pacific Lamprey Funding
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee has recommended spending $248,204 this year on three projects to help restore Pacific lamprey. ...more
Lower Columbia Fishing Policy Under Review
Washington state's policy on commercial and recreational fishing in the lower Columbia River is under review, and could be modified if adjustments are recommended. ...more

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