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NWF.384/August 1, 2018
Nonprofit Group Takes Major Step Toward Klamath Dam Removal
A "Definite Plan" to tear down four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon estimates the planning, removal and restoration costs will total $397.7 million, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation reported to the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) in a June 29 filing. ...more
Conflicting Columbia River Uses May Need Balancing In New Treaty, Negotiators Say
The Columbia River Treaty's lead negotiators listened to varied and sometimes opposing views from both Canadians and Americans with a stake in a new treaty, during the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region's annual summit in Spokane on July 25. ...more
Columbia River Chinook Rate High On List Of Stocks Needed For Orca Recovery
With their sights set on saving the dwindling population of southern resident killer whales, NOAA Fisheries scientists have rated 31 populations of Chinook salmon based on how useful they may be to recovery of the orcas, which rely on the fish for food. ...more
Renewal Of Fish Accords Under Consideration, BPA Tells Council Committee
The Bonneville Power Administration is considering a four-year extension of the Columbia River Fish Accords, and--if it goes forward with a renewal--the agency expects to have a proposal out for public review by August, Bryan Mercier, executive manager of BPA's Fish and Wildlife Division, told a Northwest Power and Conservation Council committee on July 10. ...more
Dam Operations Adjusted To Help Struggling Snake River Sockeye
With an eye on returning Snake River sockeye, fish managers and dam operators agreed July 18 to adjust operations at two dams, hoping to aid the fish in their long journey back to Redfish Lake. ...more
Two Years Later, Montana Hopeful About Overcoming Invasive Mussels
Less than two years after Montana officials detected invasive mussel larvae in water samples at two reservoirs, there's reason for optimism, according to Kate Wilson, invasive species outreach specialist for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. ...more
NOAA Fisheries Turns To Newer Modeling To Assess Harvest Impacts On Chinook Abundance
When it comes to studying salmon and making predictions about their future, there's much room for error. ...more
Corps Responds To Detroit Reservoir Drawdown Concerns In Scoping Responses
A proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a fish collection facility and a temperature control tower on Detroit Dam near Salem drew nearly 200 comments with a full spectrum of concerns, now summarized in a report, released July 16. ...more
Salem Files As Intervenor In Willamette River Suit, Plaintiffs Want Limits
The City of Salem, Ore. is asking a federal judge to be added as a defendant or intervenor in a lawsuit against two federal agencies regarding dams on the Willamette River, but the plaintiffs in the lawsuit say the city should be limited to issues related to Detroit Dam, which the city uses for its water supply. ...more
Bill Revising Fisheries Management Act Passes House
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a revised Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act on July 11 that would give local fisheries commissions more authority to set seasons and develop recovery plans for overfished stocks. ...more

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